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Baja SAE Rules 2009

Baja SAE Rules 2009

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  • SECTION 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
  • 10. Overview
  • 10.1 Baja SAE Program Objective
  • 10.2 Competition Goals
  • 10.3 The Baja SAE Series
  • 10.4 Official Announcements and Competition Information
  • 10.5 Baja SAE Email Listserv
  • 10.6 Official Languages
  • 11. Baja SAE Rules and Organizer Authority
  • 11.1 Rules Authority
  • 11.2 Rules Validity
  • 11.3 Rules Compliance
  • 11.4 Understanding the Rules
  • 11.5 Participating in the Competition
  • 11.6 Violations of Intent
  • 11.7 Right to Impound
  • 11.8 General Authority
  • 12. Eligibility
  • 12.1 Individual Participant Requirements
  • 12.1.1 Student Status
  • 12.1.2 Society Membership
  • 12.1.3 Age
  • 12.1.4 Driver’s License
  • 12.1.5 Liability Waiver and Insurance
  • 12.1.6 Individual Registration Requirements – ACTION REQUIRED
  • 12.2 Faculty Advisor
  • 13. Eligibility – Vehicles
  • 13.1 Student Created
  • 13.2 Professional Fabrication Limits
  • 13.3 Kit Vehicles – Prohibited
  • 13.4 Prefabricated Subassemblies
  • 13.5 Top Three Teams – Design Comparison Requirement
  • 13.6 Redesign/Design Comparison Document
  • 13.7 Duplicate Designs
  • 14. Registration
  • 14.1 Maximum Entries per University
  • 14.2 Registration Deadline
  • 14.3 Registration Fee
  • 14.4 Registration Limit
  • 20.1 Vehicle Design Objective
  • 20.2 Vehicle Configuration
  • 20.2.1 Maximum Vehicle Dimensions
  • 20.3 All-Terrain Capability
  • 21. Required Engine
  • 21.1 Engine Requirement and Restrictions
  • 21.1.1 Replacement Parts
  • 21.1.2 Piston Rings
  • 21.1.3 Intake Ports
  • 21.1.5 Shafts and Rods
  • 21.1.6 Spark Plugs
  • 21.1.7 Armature
  • 21.1.8 Flywheel Rotation
  • 21.1.10 Air Cleaner
  • 21.1.12 Starter Rope
  • 21.1.13 Engine Governor
  • 21.1.14 Fuel System
  • 21.1.15 Battery Requirements
  • 21.1.16 Onboard Instrumentation/Data Acquisition
  • 21.1.17 Electronic Controls
  • 21.1.18 Storage Energy Devices Used for Propulsion
  • 21.2 Component Failure
  • 21.3 Engine Inspection
  • 21.4 Engine Use Restriction
  • 22. Reverse Light and Alarm
  • 23. Towing Hitch Point
  • 23.1 Front Hitch Point
  • 23.2 Rear Hitch Plate
  • 24. Vehicle Identification
  • 24.1 Number Assignment
  • 24.2 Vehicle Number – Primary Cutout
  • 24.2.1 Number Location
  • 24.2.2 Number Size
  • 24.3 Vehicle Number – Body
  • 24.4 School Name
  • 24.5 Sponsor Logos
  • 24.5.1 Briggs & Stratton Logos
  • 24.5.2 SAE Logo
  • 25. Transponders
  • SECTION 3 ROLL CAGE, SYSTEMS & DRIVER’S EQUIPMENT 30. Introduction
  • 30.1 Rules Requirements and Restrictions
  • 30.1.1 Technical Inspection
  • 30.1.2 Required Modifications
  • 30.1.3 Unstable Vehicles
  • 31. Roll Cage
  • 31.1 Objective
  • 31.2 Roll Cage Requirements
  • 31.2.1 Elements of the Roll Cage
  • 31.2.2 Rear Roll Hoop (RRH)
  • 31.2.3 Rear Roll Hoop Lateral Diagonal Bracing (LBD)
  • 31.2.4 Roll Hoop Overhead Members (RHO)
  • 31.2.5 Lower Frame Side Members (LFS)
  • 31.2.6 Side Impact Members (SIM)
  • 31.2.7 Front Bracing Members (FBM)
  • 31.2.9 RHO/FBM Gusseting
  • 31.2.10 Butt Joints
  • 31.2.11 Weld Confirmation Checks
  • 31.2.12 Final Judgment
  • 31.3 Head Restraint
  • 31.4 Driver Head Clearance
  • 31.4.1 Head Clearance – Minimum
  • 31.5 Roll Cage & Bracing Materials
  • 31.6 Roll Cage Padding
  • 31.8 Bolted Roll Cages
  • 32. Cockpit
  • 32.1 Design Objective
  • 32.2 Driver Exit Time
  • 32.3 Firewall
  • 32.3.1 Front or Mid-engine Cars
  • 32.4 Body Panels
  • 32.5 Belly Pan
  • 32.6 Leg and Foot Shielding
  • 32.7 Kill Switches
  • 32.7.1 Kill Switch – Type
  • 32.7.3 Kill Switch – Wiring
  • 32.8 Fire Extinguisher – Size and Location
  • 32.9 Throttle
  • 32.9.1 Throttle Extensions
  • 33. Driver Restraint
  • 33.1 Minimum Five Strap System Required
  • 33.1.1 Release Mechanism
  • 33.1.2 Safety Harness Expiration
  • 33.2 Shoulder Harness
  • 33.2.2 Horizontal Location
  • 33.2.4 Redirection of Harness Webbing
  • 33.3 Lap & Anti-Submarine Belts
  • 33.3.1 Specified Lap & Anti-Submarine Belts Mounting
  • 33.4 Belts
  • 33.5 Arm Restraints
  • 33.5.1 Arm Restraint – Installation
  • 33.5.2 Arm Restraint – Expiration
  • 33.5.3 Installations – General
  • 34. Braking System
  • 34.1 Foot Brake
  • 34.2 Independent Brake Circuits
  • 34.3 Brake Light
  • 34.3.1 Brake Light Switch
  • 34.4 Brake(s) Location
  • 34.5 Cutting Brakes
  • 35. Fuel System and Fuel
  • 35.1 System Location
  • 35.1.1 Removable Fuel Tank
  • 35.2 Fuel Tank
  • 35.3 Fuel Lines
  • 35.4 Spill Prevention
  • 35.4.1 Spill Prevention Mounting
  • 35.4.2 Spill Prevention Draining
  • 35.4.3 Spill Prevention Drain Material
  • 35.5 Splash Shields
  • 35.6 Fuel
  • 35.7 Fuel Containers
  • 36. Steering and Suspension Systems
  • 36.1 Adjustable Rod Ends
  • 37. Fasteners
  • 37.1 Fasteners
  • 37.1.1 Lock Wire Procedure Detail
  • 37.2 Fastener Grade Requirements
  • 37.3 Thread Exposure
  • 37.4 Socket Head Cap Screws
  • 37.5 Unmarked Fasteners / Shop Manufactured Fasteners
  • 38. Guards
  • 38.1 Powertrain Guards
  • 38.2 Factory Stock Guards
  • 38.3 Propeller Guards
  • 39. Driver Equipment Requirements
  • 39.1 Helmet, Neck Support/Collar & Goggles
  • 39.2 Clothing
  • 40.1 Technical Questions
  • 40.2 Event Related Questions
  • 40.3 Protests
  • 40.3.1 Preliminary Review – Required
  • 40.3.2 Cause for Protest
  • 40.3.3 Protest Format and Forfeit
  • 40.3.4 Protest Period
  • 40.3.5 Decision
  • 41. Competition Procedures and Regulation – General
  • 41.1 Drivers Meetings
  • 41.2 Pre-inspection Operation Prohibited
  • 41.3 Governor Setting
  • 41.4 Competition Fuel Supply
  • 41.4.1 Refueling
  • 41.5 Engine and Drivetrain Inspection
  • 41.6 Engine Recall Option
  • 41.7 Pit Rules
  • 41.7.1 Vehicle Movement – Walking Pace Required
  • 41.7.2 Team Work Area
  • 41.7.3 Vehicles in the Pits
  • 41.7.4 Occupancy Restrictions
  • 41.8 Driving Restrictions
  • 41.9 Loopholes
  • 41.10 Penalties
  • 42. Rules of Conduct
  • 42.1 Sportsmanship
  • 42.2 Alcohol and Illegal Material
  • 42.3 Parties
  • 42.4 Trash Clean-up
  • 42.5 Site Condition
  • 43. Spectator Rules
  • 43.1 General
  • 43.2 Alcoholic Beverages
  • 43.3 Access Restrictions
  • 43.4 Children
  • 43.5 Removal of Spectators
  • 44. Unsafe Practices & Conduct
  • 45. Miscellaneous
  • 45.1 Driver Equipment
  • 45.2 Practice Area
  • 46. Safety – Team Responsibility
  • SECTION 5 EVENT DESCRIPTION & SCORING
  • 50. Technical Inspection
  • 50.1 Technical Inspection – Pass/Fail – 50 Points
  • 50.1.1 Inspection Stickers
  • 50.1.3 “As-approved” Condition
  • 51. Static events and required reports – total 350 points
  • 51.1 Engineering Design
  • 51.1.1 Design Report – 50 Points
  • 51.1.3 Design Report – Page Limit
  • 51.1.4 Design Report – Deadline and Submission
  • 51.1.5 Design – 100 Points
  • 51.1.6 Design Finals
  • 51.2 Cost Event
  • 51.2.1 Cost Report – 15 Points
  • 51.2.4 Penalty for Late or Non-Submission
  • 51.2.5 Cost Judges Authority
  • 51.2.6 Prototype Cost – 85 points
  • 51.2.7 Cost Adjustment Form
  • 51.2.8 Cost Eligibility
  • 51.2.9 Cost Component Categories
  • 51.3 Presentation – 50 Points
  • 51.3.1 Presentation – Objective
  • 51.3.2 Presentation – Format
  • 52. Dynamic Events – Total – 850 Points
  • 52.1 Acceleration – 75 Points
  • 52.1.1 Acceleration – Objective
  • 52.1.2 Acceleration – Procedure
  • 52.1.3 Acceleration – Penalties
  • 52.1.4 Acceleration – Scoring
  • 52.2 Hill Climb Event – 75 Points
  • 52.2.1 Event – Objective
  • 52.2.2 Event – Procedure
  • 52.2.3 Hill Climb Event – Penalties
  • 52.2.4 Event – Scoring
  • 52.3 Maneuverability Events – 75 points
  • 52.3.1 Maneuverability – Objective
  • 52.3.2 Maneuverability – Procedure
  • 52.3.3 Maneuverability – Penalty Default Values
  • 52.3.4 Maneuverability – Time Limit
  • 52.3.5 Maneuverability – Scoring
  • 52.4 Specialty Events – Mud Bog and Rock Crawl –75 points
  • 52.4.1 Specialty Events – Objective
  • 52.4.2 Specialty Events – Procedure
  • 52.4.3 Specialty Events – Stopped Vehicle
  • 52.4.4 Specialty Events – Penalties Default Values
  • 52.5 Endurance – 400 Points
  • 52.5.2 Endurance – General Description
  • 52.5.3 Endurance – Starting
  • 52.5.4 Endurance – Command Flags
  • 52.5.5 Endurance – Stalled or Disabled Vehicles
  • 52.5.6 Endurance – Repairs
  • 52.5.7 Endurance Event – Penalty Default Values
  • 52.5.8 Endurance – Scoring
  • 52.6 Tie breakers
  • Section 6 APPENDIX

2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules

2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO SERIES
SECTION 1 GENERAL INFORMATION .......................................................................................................... 7 10. OVERVIEW................................................................................................................................................... 7 10.1 Baja SAE Program Objective ............................................................................................................. 7 10.2 Competition Goals............................................................................................................................. 7 10.3 The Baja SAE Series ........................................................................................................................... 7 10.4 Official Announcements and Competition Information .................................................................... 7 10.5 Baja SAE Email Listserv ..................................................................................................................... 8 10.6 Official Languages............................................................................................................................. 8 11. BAJA SAE RULES AND ORGANIZER AUTHORITY ................................................................................................... 8 11.1 Rules Authority .................................................................................................................................. 8 11.2 Rules Validity ..................................................................................................................................... 8 11.3 Rules Compliance .............................................................................................................................. 8 11.4 Understanding the Rules ................................................................................................................... 8 11.5 Participating in the Competition ....................................................................................................... 8 11.6 Violations of Intent............................................................................................................................ 9 11.7 Right to Impound .............................................................................................................................. 9 11.8 General Authority .............................................................................................................................. 9 12. ELIGIBILITY................................................................................................................................................... 9 12.1 Individual Participant Requirements ................................................................................................. 9
12.1.1 Student Status ............................................................................................................................................ 9 12.1.2 Society Membership................................................................................................................................... 9 12.1.3 Age ............................................................................................................................................................. 9 12.1.4 Driver’s License .......................................................................................................................................... 9 12.1.5 Liability Waiver and Insurance ................................................................................................................... 9 12.1.6 Individual Registration Requirements – ACTION REQUIRED .................................................................... 10

12.2 Faculty Advisor ................................................................................................................................ 10 13. ELIGIBILITY – VEHICLES................................................................................................................................. 10 13.1 Student Created .............................................................................................................................. 10 13.2 Professional Fabrication Limits ....................................................................................................... 11 13.3 Kit Vehicles – Prohibited.................................................................................................................. 11 13.4 Prefabricated Subassemblies .......................................................................................................... 11 13.5 Top Three Teams – Design Comparison Requirement .................................................................... 11 13.6 Redesign/Design Comparison Document ........................................................................................ 11 13.7 Duplicate Designs ............................................................................................................................ 11 14. REGISTRATION ............................................................................................................................................ 11 14.1 Maximum Entries per University ..................................................................................................... 11 14.2 Registration Deadline...................................................................................................................... 11 14.3 Registration Fee .............................................................................................................................. 12 14.4 Registration Limit ............................................................................................................................ 12 SECTION 2 VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS ......................................................................... 13 20. GENERAL DESIGN REQUIREMENTS .................................................................................................................. 13 20.1 Vehicle Design Objective ................................................................................................................. 13 20.2 Vehicle Configuration ...................................................................................................................... 13
20.2.1 Maximum Vehicle Dimensions ................................................................................................................. 13

20.3 All-Terrain Capability ...................................................................................................................... 13 21. REQUIRED ENGINE ...................................................................................................................................... 13 21.1 Engine Requirement and Restrictions ............................................................................................. 13
21.1.1 Replacement Parts ................................................................................................................................... 14 21.1.2 Piston Rings .............................................................................................................................................. 14 21.1.3 Intake Ports .............................................................................................................................................. 14

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21.1.4 Valves ....................................................................................................................................................... 14 21.1.5 Shafts and Rods ........................................................................................................................................ 14 21.1.6 Spark Plugs ............................................................................................................................................... 14 21.1.7 Armature .................................................................................................................................................. 14 21.1.8 Flywheel Rotation..................................................................................................................................... 14 21.1.9 Carburetor ................................................................................................................................................ 14 21.1.10 Air Cleaner .............................................................................................................................................. 14 21.1.11 Exhaust System....................................................................................................................................... 15 21.1.12 Starter Rope ........................................................................................................................................... 15 21.1.13 Engine Governor..................................................................................................................................... 15 21.1.14 Fuel System ............................................................................................................................................ 15 21.1.15 Battery Requirements ............................................................................................................................ 15 21.1.16 Onboard Instrumentation/Data Acquisition .......................................................................................... 15 21.1.17 Electronic Controls ................................................................................................................................. 16 21.1.18 Storage Energy Devices Used for Propulsion.......................................................................................... 16

21.2 Component Failure .......................................................................................................................... 16 21.3 Engine Inspection ............................................................................................................................ 16 21.4 Engine Use Restriction .................................................................................................................... 16 22. REVERSE LIGHT AND ALARM.......................................................................................................................... 16 23. TOWING HITCH POINT ................................................................................................................................. 16 23.1 Front Hitch Point ............................................................................................................................. 16 23.2 Rear Hitch Plate .............................................................................................................................. 17 23.3 Hitch Plate Requirements................................................................................................................ 17 24. VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION .............................................................................................................................. 18 24.1 Number Assignment........................................................................................................................ 18 24.2 Vehicle Number – Primary Cutout ................................................................................................... 18
24.2.1 Number Location ...................................................................................................................................... 18 24.2.2 Number Size ............................................................................................................................................. 18

24.3 Vehicle Number – Body ................................................................................................................... 18 24.4 School Name ................................................................................................................................... 19 24.5 Sponsor Logos ................................................................................................................................. 19
24.5.1 Briggs & Stratton Logos ............................................................................................................................ 19 24.5.2 SAE Logo ................................................................................................................................................... 19 24.5.3 Sponsor .................................................................................................................................................... 19

25. TRANSPONDERS .......................................................................................................................................... 19
25.1 Transponders............................................................................................................................................... 19

SECTION 3 ROLL CAGE, SYSTEMS & DRIVER’S EQUIPMENT ....................................................................... 20 30. INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................................................... 20 30.1 Rules Requirements and Restrictions .............................................................................................. 20
30.1.1 Technical Inspection ................................................................................................................................. 20 30.1.2 Required Modifications ............................................................................................................................ 20 30.1.3 Unstable Vehicles ..................................................................................................................................... 20

31. ROLL CAGE ................................................................................................................................................ 20 31.1 Objective ......................................................................................................................................... 20 31.2 Roll Cage Requirements .................................................................................................................. 20
31.2.1 Elements of the Roll Cage......................................................................................................................... 20 31.2.2 Rear Roll Hoop (RRH)................................................................................................................................ 21 31.2.3 Rear Roll Hoop Lateral Diagonal Bracing (LBD) ........................................................................................ 21 31.2.4 Roll Hoop Overhead Members (RHO) ...................................................................................................... 22 31.2.5 Lower Frame Side Members (LFS) ............................................................................................................ 23 31.2.6 Side Impact Members (SIM) ..................................................................................................................... 23 31.2.7 Front Bracing Members (FBM) ................................................................................................................. 24 31.2.8 Roll Hoop Bracing (FAB)............................................................................................................................ 24 31.2.9 RHO/FBM Gusseting ................................................................................................................................. 24 31.2.10 Butt Joints............................................................................................................................................... 25

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31.2.11 Weld Confirmation Checks ..................................................................................................................... 25 31.2.12 Final Judgment ....................................................................................................................................... 25

31.3 Head Restraint ................................................................................................................................ 25 31.4 Driver Head Clearance .................................................................................................................... 26
31.4.1 Head Clearance – Minimum ..................................................................................................................... 26

31.5 Roll Cage & Bracing Materials ........................................................................................................ 26 31.6 Roll Cage Padding ........................................................................................................................... 26 31.7 Sharp Edges on Roll Cage ................................................................................................................ 27 31.8 Bolted Roll Cages............................................................................................................................. 27 32. COCKPIT .................................................................................................................................................... 27 32.1 Design Objective ............................................................................................................................. 27 32.2 Driver Exit Time ............................................................................................................................... 27 32.3 Firewall............................................................................................................................................ 27
32.3.1 Front or Mid-engine Cars ......................................................................................................................... 27

32.4 Body Panels ..................................................................................................................................... 28 32.5 Belly Pan.......................................................................................................................................... 28 32.6 Leg and Foot Shielding .................................................................................................................... 28 32.7 Kill Switches..................................................................................................................................... 28
32.7.1 Kill Switch – Type ...................................................................................................................................... 28 32.7.2 Kill Switch – Locations and Orientation .................................................................................................... 29 32.7.3 Kill Switch – Wiring ................................................................................................................................... 30

32.8 Fire Extinguisher – Size and Location .............................................................................................. 30 32.9 Throttle ........................................................................................................................................... 30
32.9.1 Throttle Extensions................................................................................................................................... 30

33. DRIVER RESTRAINT ...................................................................................................................................... 31 33.1 Minimum Five Strap System Required ............................................................................................ 31
33.1.1 Release Mechanism.................................................................................................................................. 31 33.1.2 Safety Harness Expiration ......................................................................................................................... 31

33.2 Shoulder Harness ............................................................................................................................ 31
33.2.1 Vertical Location ....................................................................................................................................... 31 33.2.2 Horizontal Location .................................................................................................................................. 31 33.2.3 Harness Attachment Points ...................................................................................................................... 32 33.2.4 Redirection of Harness Webbing .............................................................................................................. 32

33.3 Lap & Anti-Submarine Belts ............................................................................................................ 32
33.3.1 Specified Lap & Anti-Submarine Belts Mounting ..................................................................................... 33

33.4 Belts ................................................................................................................................................ 33 33.5 Arm Restraints ................................................................................................................................ 33
33.5.1 Arm Restraint – Installation...................................................................................................................... 33 33.5.2 Arm Restraint – Expiration ....................................................................................................................... 34 33.5.3 Installations – General.............................................................................................................................. 34

34. BRAKING SYSTEM ........................................................................................................................................ 34 34.1 Foot Brake ....................................................................................................................................... 34 34.2 Independent Brake Circuits ............................................................................................................. 34 34.3 Brake Light ...................................................................................................................................... 34
34.3.1 Brake Light Switch .................................................................................................................................... 34

34.4 Brake(s) Location ............................................................................................................................ 34 34.5 Cutting Brakes ................................................................................................................................. 34 35. FUEL SYSTEM AND FUEL ............................................................................................................................... 35 35.1 System Location .............................................................................................................................. 35
35.1.1 Removable Fuel Tank ............................................................................................................................... 35

35.2 Fuel Tank ......................................................................................................................................... 35 35.3 Fuel Lines ......................................................................................................................................... 36 35.4 Spill Prevention................................................................................................................................ 36
35.4.1 Spill Prevention Mounting ........................................................................................................................ 36 35.4.2 Spill Prevention Draining .......................................................................................................................... 36

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............................................................... 44 41..........................................................................3 Thread Exposure.............................. 44 41.................................................................................................................1 Vehicle Movement – Walking Pace Required...................1 Preliminary Review – Required ................................................................................................................ GUARDS .......................................1 Adjustable Rod Ends..............................3.................................................... 38 37............................ DRIVER EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS ......... 44 41.........................................................5 Decision ............................................................................................ 43 40........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 45 41....7 Fuel Containers ......................................................... 42 SECTION 4 COMPETITION PROCEDURES AND REGULATIONS ............................................................... 43 40........................................................ 43 40........................... 43 40..4......................................................................... 37 36...................1 Technical Questions .............................................................2 Factory Stock Guards .................................................................................................................................................................................. 43 40...................................................3 Protest Format and Forfeit ...........................2 Clothing .............................................. 36 35................ 36 35.............................................................10 Penalties ....... 45 41.....................................................................................................5 Site Condition ..............................4 Socket Head Cap Screws ....................4 Competition Fuel Supply ...... RULES CLARIFICATION AND PROTESTS ............................................................................ 46 43............................................. 43 40........................4 Occupancy Restrictions ....2 Alcohol and Illegal Material .................................................................................. 40 38.............................................................. 37 36...................... 44 41... 40 38....................................2 Pre-inspection Operation Prohibited .............................................. 46 42.......................................................................................................6 Engine Recall Option .........................................7.................. 41 38...........................3.............................................................................................................................................. 39 37.............................................................................. 44 41.............................. 43 40.......7..............................................................................................................................................1 Sportsmanship ...................................................... 38 37...............................................................................................................2 Fastener Grade Requirements ...................................... STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS .......... 41 39..................................... 37 37............................................................. 46 42.....................................................................................................................................................2 Cause for Protest ...................7 Pit Rules....... 39 37................................... 46 42............2 Event Related Questions ............... Neck Support/Collar & Goggles .....................................................................................................4 Trash Clean-up .........................................................................................................4......................................7...........................................................................................3 Spill Prevention Drain Material .... SPECTATOR RULES.......................................................... 44 41..................4 Protest Period.............................................................................................................................. 39 38.............................................. 44 41.......................................................................3 Protests .........................................................3................... 45 41.................................................................................................................................................5 Splash Shields ...........................................7.....................................................................................................................1 Lock Wire Procedure Detail ......................5 Unmarked Fasteners / Shop Manufactured Fasteners ......................................................... 43 40...................6 Fuel..........................................2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 35............................................................. 46 Page 4 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 ...3...........................................2 Team Work Area......... 44 41............................. 38 37..1 Powertrain Guards ............................................................ 45 41............................................1 Helmet...............8 Driving Restrictions ............................... 45 41..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................3 Propeller Guards ........................... 43 40....... 46 42.......................................... 45 41.................................................................................... 45 41......1 Refueling ...................3........................................ 37 35........ 44 41............................................................... 41 39..................................3 Vehicles in the Pits ............................. COMPETITION PROCEDURES AND REGULATION – GENERAL .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................1 Fasteners ............................................................ RULES OF CONDUCT ......................9 Loopholes ...................................................................................................................................................................1 Drivers Meetings ........................................................................................3 Parties .................................... 38 37............................. 45 42............................................ 41 39.................................... 45 42.....................................................1.......................................3 Governor Setting ................................................5 Engine and Drivetrain Inspection .................................................................................................................................... FASTENERS ...........................................................................

.........................................................................................................1.................................................. 46 43.. 54 51......................1 Maneuverability – Objective ..................................................................................... 56 52..................................................................2 Maneuverability – Procedure ................................3....................................................................................................... 46 43............................................................................................ 54 51.......................1 Technical Inspection – Pass/Fail – 50 Points ..............................................3 Maneuverability Events – 75 points ............ 47 46.............2 Technical Inspection Sheet – Pre-inspection Required ................2..............................1........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................2...............3.........................................................................................................1.................. 49 50.............................................................................. 55 52................................ 52 51.2..2..................... 57 52...........................................................................................................................4 Maneuverability – Time Limit .....................................................................................................................2 Cost Report – Electronic Format ...........................................1 Acceleration – Objective ..... 47 45......................................................................9 Cost Component Categories ...............................4 Children ...............2....................... 48 50...................................3 Hill Climb Event – Penalties .............................................1.........................................................1... 57 52...............................1 Event – Objective ......................... 56 52...................................................................................................1.............................................................................................................2 Acceleration – Procedure .....................................................1..............................................................3 Design Report – Page Limit............3...................8 Cost Eligibility .............................. 50 51.............. 53 51....................................................................... 53 51.................................................................................................. UNSAFE PRACTICES & CONDUCT ................................................................................................ 54 51.......................... 51 51............ 50 51........3 Presentation – 50 Points .....................................................................3 Access Restrictions ........................................ 52 51................................................1............................................1 Acceleration – 75 Points ......................................................................................2 Design Report – Format.......1 Engineering Design ..................................................................... 51 51.......................................................................................1..................2...........................................................................................4 Event – Scoring ...............................................................3................................................................................................ 50 51..3 “As-approved” Condition .........1...............................................................................................................................................4 Acceleration – Scoring ..... 47 45.................2............................................................................................................................................................................................2.........................................................................3 Presentation – Scoring ..............................................................................6 Prototype Cost – 85 points ......................................................................................................... 54 52......................................1 Presentation – Objective ........................................... 54 51....................................... 54 52...................................................................................................................................................... 47 43....................................2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 43............................... SAFETY – TEAM RESPONSIBILITY ........................................................1.........................2 Hill Climb Event – 75 Points ........................................................................ 50 51............. 55 52..................... MISCELLANEOUS ................ 56 52.............3................................................................... 54 51......5 Removal of Spectators .....2 Practice Area ............................................................ 48 50................................ TECHNICAL INSPECTION .......... 47 44......... 55 52................................................................................................. 55 52...................2 Cost Event ............................................................................ 51 51................................................................. 55 52.................................... 57 52....4 Design Report – Deadline and Submission ......................5 Cost Judges Authority ...........3...............................1 Driver Equipment ................................................................................................................1................................................ 57 Page 5 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 ..................... 47 45........................................ 50 51...................3..................................................................................... 49 50...1 General................... 53 51...........2 Alcoholic Beverages ............................2...............2.......... 46 43.............................................................................2 Event – Procedure ..............1 Design Report – 50 Points ..... 55 52...............................................1... DYNAMIC EVENTS – TOTAL – 850 POINTS ...............................................................................................3 Maneuverability – Penalty Default Values ............................................................................ 50 51................................................5 Design – 100 Points ........7 Cost Adjustment Form...........................5 Maneuverability – Scoring ..............................2......4 Penalty for Late or Non-Submission .............3..........................................................................6 Design Finals ...................................................................................... 53 51............................................2 Presentation – Format....................................................... 55 52...............1 Inspection Stickers.............3 Acceleration – Penalties ........................................2...........................................................................................................................................................................2.. 47 SECTION 5 EVENT DESCRIPTION & SCORING ................................................................... 55 52.. 48 50.......................1 Cost Report – 15 Points . 54 51. 55 52........................................ 53 51............................................................... STATIC EVENTS AND REQUIRED REPORTS – TOTAL 350 POINTS ......................3 Cost Report – File Size .................................................

.....................................................5 Endurance – Stalled or Disabled Vehicles.......................................................... 57 52..............4......... 61 52.....4 Specialty Events – Penalties Default Values .... 57 52....................................4...............5.......... 58 52..............5 Specialty Events – Scoring ...................5..............................5 Endurance – 400 Points ............................................................................................................................... 60 52................ 63 Page 6 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 ...................................................................................................................................................1 Specialty Events – Objective ..................................................................4..... 60 52............................................................5..............................................................................................................6 Endurance – Repairs ....................................... 60 52.........................4 Specialty Events – Mud Bog and Rock Crawl –75 points ............................................................................................. 59 52.............. 58 52...................................................................6 Tie breakers ............ 57 52...........................................................3 Endurance – Starting .....5................................................. 61 SECTION 6 APPENDIX ............4 Endurance – Command Flags ........... 59 52............................5..........................3 Specialty Events – Stopped Vehicle ............................................................2 Specialty Events – Procedure ....4...............................................5..............2 Endurance – General Description .......................................................................2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 52................................................................. 59 52..............................................................1 Endurance – Objective ................8 Endurance – Scoring .....................7 Endurance Event – Penalty Default Values...................................................................................................5...... 58 52..........................................................4..................... 59 52............................................................................ 59 52..............................5...........................................................

Baja SAE Queretaro is sponsored by SAE BAJIO Group and hosted by the Queretaro Institute of Technology. Teams should check the websites of the specific competitions they are planning to enter and consider any unique requirements that might affect the design and fabrication of their vehicle.4 Official Announcements and Competition Information Page 7 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . easily transported. It should be able to negotiate rough terrain in all types of weather without damage. 10. Some sections of rules governing Baja SAE events held outside North America are specific to those competitions. (2) learn the engineering design. test.1 Baja SAE Program Objective Baja SAE is an intercollegiate engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate engineering students. Three competitions are held in North America under the sponsorship of SAE: Baja SAE Alabama – Hosted by Auburn University Baja SAE Oregon – Hosted by SAE Oregon Section Baja SAE Wisconsin – Hosted by SAE Milwaukee Section Baja SAE competitions held in Africa. Stevens. Asia and South America are associated with SAE. promote and compete with a vehicle within the limits of the rules. easily maintained and fun to drive. under the direction of Dr. They must also generate financial support for their project and manage their educational priorities.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules SECTION 1 GENERAL INFORMATION 10. 10. The object of the competition is to simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Since that time. John F. 10. The vehicle must be safe.2 Competition Goals Each team’s goal is to design and build a prototype of a rugged. Overview The SAE Mini Baja ® competition originated at the University of South Carolina in 1976. 10. but organized and sponsored by their local hosts: Baja SAE Brazil – Sponsored and hosted by SAE BRASIL Baja SAE Korea – Sponsored and hosted by Yeungnam University Baja SAE South Africa – Sponsored by Sasol and hosted by the University of Pretoria All Baja SAE competitions have open registration policies and accept teams of university students from any country. single seat. Such variations are published on the individual websites. The students must function as a team to design. the Baja SAE Series has grown to become a premier engineering design series for university teams. off-road recreational vehicle intended for sale to the non-professional weekend off-road enthusiast. Each team is competing to have its design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. Additional goals of the competition are to provide an opportunity for students to (1) learn that public safety is an important aspect of engineering. build.3 The Baja SAE Series The Baja SAE Series will consist of six competitions. and (3) provide a learning experience for students. fabrication and testing aspects that are necessary to produce a safe and competitive vehicle. The dynamic events at competitions may differ.

Rule sets dated for other years are invalid.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Teams are required to read the articles posted on the Baja SAE BAJIO homepage (http://www.mx/bajasae2009) published by SAE BAJIO and the other organizing bodies. Discussions during the competition in Spanish are acceptable in this competition. Teams must also be familiar with all official announcements concerning the competitions and rule interpretations released by the Baja SAE BAJIO Rules Committee. Document submissions and presentations must be in English. the Baja SAE BAJIO Rules Committee and the other organizing bodies. faculty advisors and other university representatives are required to cooperate with. 10.com. 11.5 Baja SAE Email Listserv The Baja SAE Bajío Listserv may from time to time be used for official communications from the organizers and the Baja SAE Bajío Rules Committee. 11. and follow all instructions from competition organizers. For subscribe just send an e-mail to bajasae@saebajio. 11. team members as individuals.6 Official Languages The official languages of the Baja SAE Bajio are Spanish and English.minibaja. The section and paragraph headings in these rules are provided to facilitate reading. 11. Ambiguities or questions concerning the meaning or intent of these rules will be resolved by the Technical Inspectors. SAE BAJIO or the other Baja SAE BAJIO organizers shall be considered part of and have the same validity as these rules. All team members. 10.3 Rules Compliance By entering a Baja SAE competition. and be bound by.4 Understanding the Rules Teams are responsible for reading and understanding the rules in effect for the competition. officials and judges.org . Official announcements from the Baja SAE BAJIO Rules Committee.1 Rules Authority The Baja SAE BAJIO Rules are the responsibility of the Baja SAE BAJIO Rules Committee and are issued under the authority of the SAE BAJIO Group. they do not affect the paragraph contents. We recommend all teams subscribe to the Baja SAE Bajío Listserv.5 Participating in the Competition Teams. Baja SAE Rules and Organizer Authority 11.2 Rules Validity The Baja SAE BAJIO Rules posted on the SAE BAJIO website and dated for the calendar year of the competition are the rules in effect for the competition. these rules and all rule interpretations or procedures issued or announced by SAE BAJIO. faculty advisors and other personnel of the entering university agree to comply with. faculty advisors and other representatives of a registered university who are present on-site at a competition are considered to be “participating in the Page 8 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . the team members. 11.

11. or (3) IMechE. Join SAE at: www. 12. Eligibility 12. government issued driver’s license.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules competition” from the time they arrive at the event site until they depart the site at the conclusion of the competition or earlier by withdrawing. required for the efficient operation of the event. Individual members of teams participating in this competition must satisfy the following requirements: 12. 11. in their sole judgment.1. such as a membership card.6 Violations of Intent The violations of the intent of a rule will be considered a violation of the rule itself.7 Right to Impound SAE and the other competition organizing bodies reserve the right to impound any on-site registered vehicle at any time during a competition for inspection and examination by the organizers. officials and technical inspectors. 12. 12. Team members who have graduated during the last seven (7) month period prior to the competition remain eligible to participate. (2) ATA. is required at the event.3 Age Team members must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. 12.org/students 12.1 Individual Participant Requirements Eligibility is limited to undergraduate and graduate students to ensure this is an engineering competition rather than a race.8 General Authority SAE BAJIO and the competition organizing bodies reserve the right to revise the schedule of any competition and/or interpret or modify the competition rules at any time and in any manner that is.sae.1 Student Status Team members must be enrolled as a degree seeking undergraduate or graduate student in a college or university. Individual medical and accident insurance coverage is required and is the sole responsibility of the participant. Page 9 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .1. Questions about the intent or meaning of a rule may be addressed to the Technical Inspectors or SAE BAJIO Organizers. 11.1. Proof of membership.4 Driver’s License Team members who will drive a competition vehicle at any time during a competition must hold a valid.5 Liability Waiver and Insurance All on-site participants and faculty are required to sign a liability waiver upon registering on-site.1.1. Students who are members of one of the societies listed above are not required to join any of the other societies in order to participate in any SAE competition.2 Society Membership Team members must be members of at least one of the following societies: (1) SAE or an SAE affiliate society.

Faculty Advisors may advise their teams on general engineering and engineering project management theory. or unaffiliated faculty advisors. telephone number) 2) Driver’s license (state/country. Page 10 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . build or repair any part of the vehicle. If you are not an SAE member.1 Student Created The vehicle and associated documentation must be conceived.minibaja. 13. Faculty Advisors are not allowed to participate during technical inspection or design presentations. Faculty Advisors may neither fabricate nor assemble any components nor assist in the preparation. faculty or professionals in the off-road and racing communities. who are not SAE members.1. The faculty advisor is expected to accompany the team to the competition and will be considered by competition officials to be the official university representative. designed and fabricated by the team members without direct involvement from the professional engineers. Please note all student participants must be SAE members to participate in the events. spouse). All international student participants. are required to complete the International Student Registration form per team found on the Registration page of the specific event. Registration Guidelines for the Baja SAE BAJIO 2009 Competition can be found at this site: http://www.2 Faculty Advisor Each team is expected to have a Faculty Advisor appointed by the university. In brief – Faculty Advisors may not design.sae. relationship. Faculty members who wish to become SAE members should choose the “Professional Membership” link. testing or operation of the vehicle.6 Individual Registration Requirements – ACTION REQUIRED All participating team members and faculty advisors must be sure that they are individually linked to their respective school / university on the SAE website. Students will need to select the “Student Membership” link and then follow the series of questions that are asked. but may not design any part of the vehicle nor directly participate in the development of any documentation or presentation. and phone number) 12. Eligibility – Vehicles 13. maintenance. this is not mandatory for faculty advisors.com. and then select the “Join SAE” link in the top right column.mx/bajasae2009 In order to be eligible to participate in the event.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 12. The team captain or other designated members of the team must do all the presenting. policy/ID number. all affiliated students and faculty must present on site to organizers the following information: 1) Medical insurance (provider. go to www. ID number) 3) Emergency contact data (point of contact (parent/guardian.org and select the “Join SAE / Membership Renewal” link under “Quicklinks”.

the judges will evaluate the comparison documentation of the top ten teams. find to be either identical. (B) not supported by a detailed analysis or (C) have not been sufficiently documented. then the cars will be treated as a single entry with a duplicate car for parts. or both.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 13. If a team does not have access to machine shop facilities. 13.3 Kit Vehicles – Prohibited Vehicles fabricated from a kit or published designs are ineligible to compete. (A) posters or (B) report. Lack of access must be documented (letter from the faculty advisor. Registration 14. or to exhibit only insignificant differences. If a school brings two vehicles that the design judges.2 Registration Deadline Page 11 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . Participating teams must be able to demonstrate their engineering knowledge either by designing a vehicle from scratch or by making significant changes to a previously entered vehicle.4 Prefabricated Subassemblies These rules do not exclude the use of prefabricated or modified sub-assemblies. the frame can be professionally fabricated without penalty. 13. Team representatives must be present during the comparison to discuss the design changes. 13. copy of policies which prohibit machine shop access.6 Redesign/Design Comparison Document The redesign/design document may be in the form of either. Teams that created such successful vehicles are required to provide a comparison of their current design with their previous year’s design even if the current design is entirely new. of the following. Design changes to correct failures of the previous design should be accompanied by a thorough analysis of why the failure occurred and the theoretical data supporting the new design. etc).1 Maximum Entries per University A maximum of two (2) vehicles per university will be allowed in the competition 14. supported by appropriate captions: (1) plans (2) drawings or (3) photographs.7 Duplicate Designs Teams are reminded that the objective of Baja SAE is to provide students with a design challenge that will enhance their engineering and engineering project management skills. If the judges find that the design changes are (A) not significant. 13.5 Top Three Teams – Design Comparison Requirement Teams with vehicles that finished in a top three position in the 2007 QUERETARO Competition are classified as having created a “successful design”. 14. The documentation should be a year to year comparison of the major structure and/or systems of the vehicle and may consist of any. As part of the design event. then a penalty of up to one hundred (100) points may be assessed against the design score. etc. 13.2 Professional Fabrication Limits Vehicles which have been professionally fabricated may be disqualified from the competition. or all. In such case only one car will be evaluated and permitted to compete in the dynamic events. in their sole opinion.

14.minibaja.3 Registration Fee Registration fees and procedures can be found at: http://www.mx/bajasae2009 14.minibaja.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Teams must register for each Baja SAE competition they intend to enter by the specified deadline in http://www.4 Registration Limit There is no Registration limit for this Competition.com. Page 12 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .com.mx/bajasae2009 Registration fees are NOT refundable.

the Briggs & Stratton Corporation has generously provided engines to the Baja SAE teams without charge. jumps.1 Maximum Vehicle Dimensions Width: 162 cm (64 in) at the widest point with the wheels pointing forward at static ride height. 20. In order to be eligible for Engine donations.org/baja/files/Reglamento%20Motores%20ByS%202008. The following Briggs & Stratton engines are the only acceptable engines for the 2009 Baja SAE competitions: Model 205432 Type 0036-E1 Page 13 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . performance. reliability and ease of operation and maintenance. 20.saemex. logs.3 All-Terrain Capability The vehicle must be capable of safe operation over rough land terrain including obstructions such as rocks. Three (3) wheeled vehicles are prohibited from the competition. Required Engine Briggs & Stratton 10 hp OHV Intek For over twenty years. all vehicles must use the same engine: a stock four cycle. Length: Unrestricted. Safe operation must be an essential consideration in your design.2. 21. NOTE: Teams should keep in mind the Baja SAE courses are designed for vehicles with the maximum dimensions of 64 in width by 108 in length. It should be manufacturable using predominantly semi-skilled labor and standard machine tools. General Design Requirements 20. The vehicle must be capable of carrying one (1) person 190cm (6’3”) tall weighing 113 kg (250lbs).1 Engine Requirement and Restrictions To provide a uniform basis for the performance events. please check the following link: http://www. sand.1 Vehicle Design Objective The vehicle design should be attractive to consumers because of its visual appearance. mud and shallow water in any or all combinations and in any type of weather including rain. steep inclines. see note below. The vehicle must have adequate ground clearance and traction.2 Vehicle Configuration The vehicle must have four (4) or more wheels not in a straight line. snow and ice.pdf 21. air cooled. Briggs & Stratton OHV Intek Model.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules SECTION 2 VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS 20. 20.

21.1.1.7 Armature Any armature air gap setting is allowed. 21.9 Carburetor (A) Carburetor Re-jetting – Prohibited This is a fixed carburetor. with the following qualifications: NOTE: Blueprinting (reworking an engine to a manufacturer’s exact specifications) is considered modification. 21.1. (B) Valve Lapping Valves may be lapped to ensure proper sealing. No slotting or elongating of armature mounting holes to increase or retard ignition timing. Briggs & Stratton recommends 1750 +/.2 Piston Rings Only standard size original Briggs & Stratton piston rings may be used.1. The supplied air hose may be shortened to a minimum of 6.1.1.4 Valves (A) Valve Clearance Any valve clearance setting between tappet and valve stem – intake and exhaust. 21. 21.0 inches.3 Intake Ports No cleaning or removing of aluminum flashing from intake or exhaust ports. (B) Idle Speed Any idle speed adjustment. but you must use Briggs & Stratton parts to relocate the air filter: 792349 remote kits.8 Flywheel Rotation No flywheel rotation to advance or retard timing is permissible.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 205432 205432 205332 205332 0036-E9 0536-E9 0536-E9 0536-B1 The required engine must remain completely stock in all ways. 21.6 Spark Plugs Must use RC12YC ONLY. crankshaft. exhaust angle must remain at 45 degrees. 21. connecting rod and flywheel must not be altered or modified.1.100 RPM.1. 695329 – choke shaft and 699960 bases. (C) Carburetor Float Carburetor float is non-adjustable and may not be re-adjusted.1.1. 21. 21. These parts must be Page 14 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .5 Shafts and Rods Camshaft. 21. A team may also add additional pre-filters to the top of the air intake.1 Replacement Parts Only Original Equipment Briggs & Stratton replacement parts can be used. Intake angle must remain at 45 degrees.10 Air Cleaner The air intake may be relocated. re-jetting of the carburetor is prohibited. no other type of hose will be allowed. (D) Carburetor Venturi Modification of carburetor venturi is prohibited.

Briggs & Stratton is the only allowable muffler for use on the engine.1. 21. and other instrumentation). 21. (F) Exhaust Pipe – Holes & Tubes No extra holes or tubes are allowed in the exhaust pipe. each engine will be set to a maximum speed of 3800 RPM by means of the governor. Any remote mounted exhaust system must use the original muffler and must be securely mounted so it does not vibrate loose during the competition. The batteries can only provide power to accessories on the vehicle (brake light. 21.11 Exhaust System (A) Muffler The original muffler must be used. 21. 21. The mounting must prevent the battery from coming loose during a roll over. GOVERNOR SETTING NOT TO EXCEED 3800 RPM! NOTE: The governor spring must be placed in hole #6. Multiple mufflers are not allowed.14 Fuel System The fuel tank supplied with the engine must be used. Any attempt to defeat the engine governor so as to increase the engine speed will result in immediate disqualification. Any changes made to the air filter will have to pass Briggs & Stratton inspection. reverse light & beeper.25 in. (D) Exhaust Pipe Exhaust pipe may not protrude inside of exhausted port. (E) Exhaust Pipe – Length Any exhaust pipe length is allowed.1.12 Starter Rope Recoil starter rope may be extended to accommodate driver starting engine while seated.15 Battery Requirements The batteries must be sealed and not leak in the event of a roll over.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules included on the cost report. however pipe length cannot be adjustable.13 Engine Governor Each engine is equipped with a governor. data acquisitions. Before the performance events. No fuel pumps are allowed. the re-routing must be done using tubing having an ID of 1. NOTE from Briggs & Stratton: Relocation of the air cleaner may decrease engine performance. Exhaust Pipe – Durability Required The exhaust pipe and muffler must be completely intact and operational throughout the event. Cars will be black flagged if safety equipment is not functioning. Random inspection of the governor may be conducted at any time.1. and shall be grounds for penalty or disqualification if not intact. so as to alter port configuration. All exhaust must pass through a single muffler. (C) Muffler Support Support of the exhaust pipe and muffler are strongly recommended. Only one fuel tank is allowed to be mounted in the vehicle.1. Tuned exhaust systems are prohibited. Final approval on any batteries used will come from the Technical Inspectors. but may be relocated.1. Batteries must be mounted with sound engineering practice. but may be relocated. (B) Muffler Relocation If the car design requires an exhaust system reconfiguration to keep it from impinging on part of the car. 21.16 Onboard Instrumentation/Data Acquisition Page 15 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . The battery must be able to provide power to safety items for the duration of the entire event.1.

15) if the battery is being charged by a Briggs alternator. 23. 21.2 Component Failure In the event of a major component failure. 21. Hybrid electric power systems are specifically prohibited. any modifications must be approved by the Technical Inspectors prior to the vehicle returning to the competition. hydraulic accumulators must be at zero energy at the start of each event. The Briggs & Stratton staff on-site is empowered to make final decisions regarding the condition and set-up of all engines. Reverse Light and Alarm Each vehicle with reverse must have a back up light marked with an SAE “R” on the lens. 23. at its own expense. An example of an acceptable backup alarm is available at www. NOTE: Ensure the above items/systems.3 Engine Inspection Briggs & Stratton engine service experts will be on-site during the competition and are empowered to inspect any engine at any time.waytekwire.1 Front Hitch Point The front hitch point may be either: A tubular front bumper strong enough to lift the weight of the car with no permanent deformation and having a maximum outside diameter of 25. All power must come from the engine itself. Adjustable/repositionable hitch plates are permitted. 21. be equal to.15. return the engine to SAE or Briggs & Stratton.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Onboard instrumentation/data acquisition is allowed. a team receives an engine and at a later date decides not to participate. When in use.1. are included in your team’s cost report. 21. if utilized. NOTE: Towing hitch points are requirements for both competition events and vehicle recovery. for any reason. 21. If.4 mm (1 in) to which a clevis can be centrally Page 16 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . hitch plates must be rigidly affixed to the vehicle’s main frame. Towing Hitch Point Each vehicle must have towing hitch points at the front and rear. part # 48001.4. or exceed the SAE standard J759. The alarm must be rated per SAE standard J1741 or J994 that sounds when the vehicle is in reverse.18 Storage Energy Devices Used for Propulsion Hydraulic accumulators are the only type of stored energy device that may be incorporated into a Baja SAE vehicle for propulsion purposes. it must.4 Engine Use Restriction Briggs & Stratton generously provides engines to the teams for the exclusive purpose of use on their Baja SAE vehicle.com. The power can come from an approved battery (21.17 Electronic Controls Electronic control of suspension and transmission systems is allowed.4.1. If employed. along its longitudinal centerline. the power for this instrumentation must be from approved batteries per 21. Hydraulic power systems must be properly shielded and documentation of the shielding made available for review by the Technical Inspectors. 22.

or pivot.3.3. into a position where it will not affect anything during a front-end collision.375 in) Hole diameter Minimum – 25.0 in) Hole to tube Minimum clearance – 19. or a hitch plate complying with the requirements of 23.5 mm (. Examples of acceptable Front Hitches: Examples of Front Hitches that are NOT acceptable: 23.75 in) Page 17 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .4 mm (1. 23.4 mm (1.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules attached.3 Hitch Plate Requirements – Maximum and Minimum Towing plate Maximum thickness – 9. which is designed to fold.0 in) Radial clearance Maximum from hole – 25.0 mm (.2 Rear Hitch Plate The rear hitch point must be a plate complying with the requirements of 23.

The numbers must be in the vertical plane of the side of the car. team must provide to organizers car (s) number. and rear of the vehicle.2 Vehicle Number – Primary Cutout Each vehicle must prominently display its number as either a silhouette or stencil form cutout. Cars with numbers that are hard to read.1 Number Assignment When pre-registration. front. organizers will send an email to the team notifying they need to choose another number. damaged or obscured may not be scored and may be black flagged.2. have a minimum line width of 2. so that cars can be identified accurately. 24. These numbers must be at least 20. COMMENT: Avoid having sharp edges or points on the outer sides of the cutout numbers.3 Vehicle Number – Body All vehicles must display their assigned number in blocker numerals on the front of the vehicle. The numbers must allow mud to shed during dynamic events. It is each team’s responsibility to provide its vehicle numbers.54 cm (1in) and must strongly contrast with the background vehicle color. The number must be a block style letter that is clear and easy to read as these numbers are essential for lap counting and vehicle identification. COMMENT: Schools which are entering more than one vehicle should consider painting them in individually distinctive colors to facilitate in lap counting.3 cm (8 inches) high. 24. the team must ensure that the numbers remain readable throughout the competition.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 24. Painted-on numbers or stencils/decals mounted flush to a body panel will not be allowed. 24. The numbers must be clearly visible from all sides. missing.2 Number Size The cutout numbers must be at least 203 mm (8 in) high. If there is a duplicate number. Additionally. Vehicle Identification 24. Page 18 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .1 Number Location These numbers must be affixed to the upper sides of the frame behind the rear roll hoop. These numbers will be assigned taking in account registration order. 24.2.

These will be distributed during registration at the event. Organizers may require all entrants to display advertising from the event’s sponsors.3 Sponsor Identification Teams may display advertising from their vehicle’s sponsors.2 SAE Logo Two (2) SAE logos must be displayed on the vehicle in prominent locations.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 24. Page 19 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .5.1 Transponders – SAE Bajío Competition Teams are not required to bring any kind of transponder for this competition. on each side in characters at least 2. if unique and generally recognized. Teams may also display their school name in non-roman characters provided the roman character set is highest on the car.5 Sponsor Logos 24. in roman characters.5 cm (1 in) high.5. 25. These will be distributed during registration at the event.5. 24. 24.1 Briggs & Stratton Logos Briggs & Stratton logos must be displayed in a prominent space on the front and each side of the vehicle.4 School Name All vehicles must display their school name or initials. 24. Transponders 25. provided it is in good taste and does not conflict with the vehicle’s number.

) 31. school. 31. knees. It is the responsibility of each team to meet all technical requirements using sound engineering principles and construction done meeting proper fabrication procedures. excluding the driver’s seat and the rear driver safety supports. The cage must be large enough for: 1.7 Lateral Cross Member (LC) Rules 31.2 Roll Hoop Overhead Members (RHO) Rule 31.1.4 and 31. The cage must be designed and fabricated to prevent any failure of the cage’s integrity. Technical Inspectors will do their best to answer these questions within two weeks. it must remain in “as approved” condition throughout the competition.2 Roll Cage Requirements 31.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules SECTION 3 ROLL CAGE.org. who may require modifications at their discretion. hands.1 Technical Inspection All Baja vehicles must pass a technical inspection before they are permitted to compete. Please include your name.2. Once a vehicle has passed technical inspection. final judgment rests with the Technical Inspectors. The design and technical rules will be strictly enforced.2. 30. Roll Cage 31. contact information and the rule number in question in your email. elbows. less the roll cage padding. 30.24 cm (6 in) away from the straightedge applied to any two points on the cockpit of the car. present your questions by email to bajarules@saebajio. shoulders. All competitors should be prepared to note these modifications during technical inspections.4 Front Bracing Members (FBM) Rule 31. (This is tested by applying a straight-edge between any two points on the outside edges of the SIM and RHO. The driver’s helmet to be 15. Failure to do so may mean disqualification from the competition.1 Elements of the Roll Cage The elements of the roll cage that must meet the material specification per 31. If you have any doubts about any technical requirement. 30.1.5 are: Rear Roll Hoop (RRH) Rule 31.3 Unstable Vehicles Any vehicle exhibiting handling or other vehicle dynamics that are deemed unstable by the technical inspectors will not be permitted to participate in the dynamic events.2. 2.5 Any tube that is used to mount the safety belts Page 20 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . Introduction The following design requirements apply to this Baja competition only. and arms must have a minimum of 7.1 Objective The purpose of the roll cage is to provide a minimal three-dimensional space surrounding the driver. The driver’s torso.2.1 Rules Requirements and Restrictions 30. SYSTEMS & DRIVER’S EQUIPMENT 30.1.2 Required Modifications All installation and construction are subject to the approval of the technical inspectors.2.62 cm (3 in) of clearance from the envelope created by the structure of the car.2. Repairs must be made with identical parts.

The RRH shall extend upward vertically +/.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Additional required members must be steel and only have a minimum thickness of .3 Rear Roll Hoop Lateral Diagonal Bracing (LBD) Lateral bracing for the Rear Roll Hoop will begin at a point along the vertical portion of the RRH within 12.2. The RRH must also be a minimum of 73.7 cm (5 in) above point AR or AL (See RC2). 31.0 in) and are as follows: Lateral Diagonal Bracing (LBD) Lower Frame Side (LFS) Side Impact Member (SIM) Fore/Aft Bracing (FAB) Front Lateral Cross Member (FLC) Reference points: See drawings in this section.2 Rear Roll Hoop (RRH) The RRH is made up of a maximum of four sections: two LC at highest and lowest points and two continuous. points BR and BL will occur at the upper end of each bend (See RC1).6 cm (27 in) above the driver’s seat (checked by a template).6 cm (29 in) wide at 68. and when a clearance for the driver is given. Definition – DRIVER – For the purposes of this section “driver” refers to the team’s largest driver and the 95 percentile male properly suited and wearing a helmet. NOTE: When minimal dimensions are given that is to the centerline of the members. If bent-tube construction is used.54 cm (1. *All roll cage members having a bend radius >15. This may be one continuous hoop/tube. no break vertical members.89 mm (. 31. The vertical angle between the Page 21 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .1 cm (28 in) unsupported. The driver’s seat may not intrude into the plane(s) of the RRH.2.2 cm (6 in) may NOT be longer than 71.20 degrees from points A to points B. it is defined by the outside edges of the roll cage members less the padding installed. The upper junctions in straight tube construction shall define points BR and BL.035 in) and a minimum outside diameter of 2.7 cm (5 in) vertically of point BL or BR and extend diagonally to a point no farther than 12.

2.3 (See RC3).2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules RRH and the LDB must be no less than 20 degrees. Points C should be located forward of the driver’s seat by a minimum of 30.5 cm (12 inches) as defined in section 31.4 Roll Hoop Overhead Members (RHO) Roll Hoop Overhead members shall join the RRH within 5. 31. Points CR and CL shall be joined by a lateral cross member (LC). The tubes must be continuous and no break members from point B to point C are allowed. Lateral bracing may consist of two or more members.1 cm (2 inches) vertically or laterally of points B and extend generally horizontal to point C.1 cm (41 inches). The RHO shall be located above the driver’s seat by a minimum of 104. Page 22 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .

If the tube between SFR.) The SIM shall be between 20. Page 23 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .3 cm (8 inches) and 35.2.6 cm (14 inches) (as measured vertically) above the area of the seat in contact with the driver (See RC3).2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 31.6 Side Impact Members (SIM) Side impact members shall join the RRH at points S and extend horizontally to points SF forward of the driver’s toes (See RC4.L and SFR. (The intent of this is to protect the driver’s feet from a tire intrusion).2.L is below the driver’s toes then an additional bar will be required above the driver’s toes. 31.L. NOTE: The driver’s feet must be behind the plane created by points AFR.5 Lower Frame Side Members (LFS) Lower frame side members shall join the RRH and LC and extend to points forward of the driver’s heel to a front lateral cross member (FLC) (See RC4).

2. The hoop must be braced on both right and left sides. The FBM members must be continuous and no break members from point C to the SIM are allowed.2.2.8.8. The angle between the FBMUP and the vertical should be less than 45 degrees. the bracing must be triangulated.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 31.2 Rear Bracing If rear bracing is used it must be attached as close as possible to the top of the roll hoop along the outer perimeter. the SIM and the LFS (See RC5).3 cm (32 inches) between attachment points.9 RHO/FBM Gusseting Page 24 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .8 Roll Hoop Bracing (FAB) The roll hoop can be braced in the front and/or rear. The bracing must be triangulated and connect back to the RRH at or below the SIM. 31.1 Front Bracing If front bracing is used it must connect FBMUP. A bent tube cannot exceed 81.7 Front Bracing Members (FBM) Front bracing members shall join the RHO. 31. From a side view. with the maximum length of any member not to exceed 101.6 cm (40 inches) between attachment points. 31. 31. The upper front bracing members (FBMUP) should extend downward and forward and join point C on the RHO to the SIM at or behind points SF. The angles of the triangulation must be no less than 20 degrees.2.2. LFS and the SIM. Front bracing must be attached as close as possible to the top of the roll cage (Point C).

12 Final Judgment The rules are considered a minimum.2. A butt joint is defined as a joint where two tubes come together generally along the same line and are not supported by a third tube at the node. the sleeve must be designed and fabricated to both reinforce the joint and to distribute the stress concentrations of the heat affected zone. Welders of the team will be required to answer questions about the chassis joints of their own cars.3 Head Restraint Page 25 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .e. and have a minimum thickness of 0. technical inspectors may require additional bracing if they feel the roll cage does not offer adequate protection. 31.7) must be reinforced with a welded sleeve. 31.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules If the RHO and FBM are not fabricated from a continuous tube. a gusset is required at point C. The length of the gusset must be at least 3 times the tube diameter. In addition to meeting basic geometry requirements. Comment: In all cases.2. The example on the left shows a design where gusseting is required at point C.1 (excluding the required no break members described in 31. Gussets shall be made of steel plate.10 Butt Joints All butt joints within any of the elements on the roll cage listed in section 31.2. external sleeves are not allowed). The sleeve must be designed to tightly fit on the inside on the joint being reinforced (i. 31.4 and 31. especially bent tube construction. 31. a length of at least two times the diameter of the tubes being reinforced. Any tubes showing cracks and deformation do not comply with the rules.065”. be triangular from a side view. any frame shows signs of yield and/or failure the car will be removed from competition until the technical inspectors confirm that the frame complies with the rules again.11 Weld Confirmation Checks Welding Technical Inspectors will check the all the chassis weld joints in order to assure the structural integrity of the frame. The gussets shall be welded to the sides of the tubes and not directly in the plane of the tubes making up each joint (See RC6). 31.2.2. the example on the right shows a frame where gusseting would not be required at point C.2. and be made from steel at least as thick as the tubes being reinforced.2. but the final judgment will rest with the Technical Inspectors.2. If during the event. must extend into each side of the sleeved joint.

All calculations showing the equivalence must be in SI units.57 mm (. and be padded with a closed cell foam that has a density of 50-100 kg/m^3. and be located no more than 2. These forms must be completed for each competition. E = The modulus of elasticity (205 GPa for all steels) I = The second moment of area for the cross section about the axis giving the lowest value Sy = The yield strength of material in units of force per unit area c = The distance from the neutral axis to the extreme fiber 31.1 must.120 inch) and a carbon content of at least 0. Complete roll cage specifications must be supplied with the Roll Cage Specification Sheet. etc.1 cm (41 inches) above the seating surface to the bottom of the upper roll cage tubes measured vertically using the template in RC 3.5 cm (1 inch) away from the helmet in the uncompressed state. 31.1 Head Clearance – Minimum In all cases. The template radiused bottom should be placed in the joint of the seat base and the seat backrest and positioned vertically.062 inch).5 Roll Cage & Bracing Materials The material used for the entire required roll cage members specified in 31. at minimum. a minimum of 15.4. NOTE: The use of alloy steel does not allow the wall thickness to be thinner than 1.1 Materials – Documentation Teams are required to bring with them to Technical Inspection documentation (invoices.18%.1. the clearance height rearward must be extended in each design over the helmet top of a seated and secured driver. Teams which do not submit a Roll Cage Specification Sheet will not be allowed to compete. 31.05 mm (. Bending stiffness is proportional by the EI product.2 cm (6 inches) vertical clearance must be provided from the helmet top of the team’s tallest driver to the bottom of the roll cage top tubes or members. 31. be: (A) Circular steel tubing with an outside diameter of 2. Bending strength is given by the value of SyI/c.05 mm (.54 cm (1 inch) outer diameter and a wall thickness of 3.4 Driver Head Clearance For driver head clearance.120 inch). Sy = 365 Mpa ). the roll cage must extend a minimum of 104. The bending stiffness and bending strength have to be calculated about an axis that gives the lowest value.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules A head restraint must be provided on the car to limit rearward motion of the head in case of an accident. The template “tee” top describes the projection of the required clearance height forward and rearward.1 cm (41 inches) minimum.2. 31.) of the materials used for the construction of the roll cage and bracing. Taller drivers may be accommodated by lengthening the template vertical member and raising the entire clearance height envelope above the 104.5. OR (B) Steel members with at least equal bending stiffness and bending strength to 1018 steel having a circular cross section with a 2. The restraint must be a minimum thickness of 3. cm (36 sq inches).6 Roll Cage Padding Page 26 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . bills.5 cm (1 inch) and a wall thickness of 3. The restraint must have a minimum area of 232 sq.1 Roll Cage Specification Sheet – Required All teams must bring a copy of the Baja SAE Roll Cage Specification Sheet (See Section 6 Appendix) to the Technical Inspectors during technical inspection. While the template fixes the clearance height forward. The head restraint must be securely mounted to the vehicle.5. 31. The head restraint must meet the above requirements for all drivers.5 inches). (for 1018 steel the value for.8 cm (1.

fastener ends. and with no gap between the faces greater than . officials and safety staff must be eliminated by shielding and/or padding.003) inches. (See rule 35. Exit time begins with the driver in the fully seated position. sheet stock. hands in driving position on the connected steering wheel. clamps.07 mm (. or drivers selected by the technical inspectors.3 Firewall A firewall between the cockpit and the engine and fuel tank compartment is mandatory. (C) Tab mounts must be dual.2 Driver Exit Time All drivers must be able to exit on either side of the vehicle within five (5) seconds.1 Design Objective The cockpit must be designed to (1) protect the driver and (2) permit easy driver exit in an emergency. having a welded length of at least twice (2X) the diameter of the adjoined. (B) Splash shields must prevent fuel from being poured anywhere in the cockpit area during fueling. crew. This firewall must be metal. the firewall must meet the following standards: (A) Gas tank must be in a sealed container that prevents fuel from leaking in the event of gas tank failure. It must cover the area between the lower and upper lateral cross member. Exit time will stop when the driver has both feet on the ground. 31. Cockpit 32. parallel and on each side of the tubing to which they are welded. made of the same material type.1 Front or Mid-engine Cars If the engine is not placed in the rear of the car. 32. Multiple panels may be used to form the firewall but must have no gaps between the joints. This includes brackets. composites will not be allowed. 32.7 Sharp Edges on Roll Cage – Prohibited All sharp edges which might endanger the driver.3. Driver’s exit time must be demonstrated by a team driver. and must completely separate the engine compartment and fuel tank from the cockpit. then a firewall is not required to cover the area between the lower and upper lateral cross members.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Any portion of the roll bar. They must be properly welded to each tubing part to be joined.020 inch) thick.4 “Spill Prevention”) (C) Engine must be completely enclosed and protect the driver in the event of an engine failure.5 inch). (See rule 38.8 Bolted Roll Cages Bolted Roll cages are acceptable only if the following requirements are met: (A) Flanges or tabs must be twice (2X) the thickness of the tube structures. Tubing held by bolts must be reinforced such that the area through which the bolt passes cannot be compressed from tightening or impact. (B) Flange mounts must be twice (2X) the diameter of the attached tubing. Shielding must meet guarding requirements. 32. Page 27 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . Instead. at least . gussets. 31. 32. roll bar bracing. This shielding has to be metal. must be covered by a resilient foam material such as Polyethylene® (pipe insulation) with a minimum thickness of 1. Cutouts in the firewall are allowed. side impact member or frame (excluding rear roll hoop) between the weld joints which would be contacted by the driver. judging or competition impact or roll over. flush mated.1 “Powertrain Guards”).508 mm (. but they need to have grommets or boots that prevent large amounts of fuel from getting into the cockpit. and wearing the required driver equipment.2 cm (. zip ties or other features accessible during servicing.

-. pulling on the switch will enable power to the ignition.5 Belly Pan The cockpit should be fitted with a belly pan over the entire length of the vehicle.-Heavy Duty kill switch responsive to vibration and inertia (pocket bikes and kart racing vehicles switches recommended). 2. Belly pan material must be metal. or becoming entangled during operation or a failure. reverse light and reverse alarm are required not to be turned off. or similar material. metal or similar material.25 inches). Allowed kill switches: Page 28 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . May act through a relay. Momentary contact or rocker type switches are prohibited. 32. pushing on the switch will disable power to the ignition.5 inches) high and internal switches must use lettering at least 12.25 inches). (F) There must be a place to mount the Technical Inspection sticker (30cm x 30cm or 12 in x 12 in) on the RRH. fiberglass.. The driver’s feet must be completely within the roll cage. They must be designed to prevent debris and foreign object intrusion into the driver compartment. fiberglass. These panels must be made of plastic. plastic. No gaps can exist that are larger than 6. External switches must use lettering at least 38.7mm (0. Expanded metal.7 Kill Switches Each vehicle must be equipped with two (2) easily accessible kill switches turning off the ignition and the entire electrical system of the car. 32.6 Leg and Foot Shielding All steering or suspension links exposed in the cockpit must be shielded with metal. 4.5 inches) high. or perforated panels are not allowed.1 Kill Switch – Type Kill switches must display the following functionality and characteristics: 1. All kill switches must be clearly labeled "kill" in a color which contrasts with the mounting surface. fabric.35 mm (0. Switches that require a twist or twist and pull to enable power are acceptable. 32.4 Body Panels The cockpit must be fitted with body panels that cover the area between the lower frame side member and the side impact member.-Must be a push/pull Emergency switch.1 mm (1. Brake light. They must be designed to prevent debris and foreign object intrusion into the driver compartment.Waterproof button with heavy duty plastic covered wire. 32. (E) The exhaust must not exit towards the driver and must be shielded. The switch must be installed such that: (a) From the ON position. 32. (b) From the OFF position. No gaps can exist that are larger than 6. 3. so the driver cannot contact the ground and is protected from debris while seated normally.7. It must be located on the driver’s right side above the shoulders in easy view of track workers.35 mm (0.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules (D) Driver must be able to still egress from either side of the vehicle. The shielding must prevent the driver’s legs and feet from coming in contact. The panels must be mounted securely to the frame using sound engineering practices (zip ties and Velcro are not acceptable).

2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Note: (BELOW) The following Kill Switches are NOT acceptable: Sample Mountings (Note: The kill switches need to be mounted using the outer cases.2 Kill Switch – Locations and Orientation (A) Cockpit Switch – The cockpit switch must be located in the front of the cockpit within easy reach of the driver when strapped into the seat. Page 29 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . If they are mounted using adhesive on the back cover the switch will fail. See Figure 1.7. The switch may not be mounted on a removable steering wheel assembly.) 32.

32. Foot pedals must be positioned so as to avoid foot entrapment in any position. 32. One must be mounted in the cockpit below the driver’s head. Mechanical. Sound engineering practices must be used. The manufacturer mounts must be used.7. The switch must be mounted rigidly. while allowing the course workers to remove it easily if necessary. The switch must be within easy reach of track workers.8 Fire Extinguisher – Size and Location Each vehicle must have two identical fire extinguishers with a minimum UL rating of 5 B-C. This mount must be securely fastened to the vehicle frame (RRH) and it must resist shaking loose over rough terrain. Fire extinguishers must be labeled with school name and vehicle number.9.8 mm (7 inches) vertically below point Br. with the top half above the side impact member on the right side of the firewall and be easily accessible by course workers. The second must be brought to technical inspection with mounting accessories. A wide-open throttle stop must be mounted at the pedal. The switch cannot be more than 177.1 Throttle Extensions Page 30 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . protected or securely attached to the frame to prevent the wires from being entangled with the driver or obstacles. it will be used as a replacement if needed. 32. 32.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules (B) External Switch – The external switch must be mounted on the driver’s right side of the vehicle.3 Kill Switch – Wiring All wiring to kill switches must be sealed.9 Throttle Only foot operated throttle controls are allowed. Throttle cable cannot be bare from the forward mounting point to the firewall. hydraulic or other throttle controls must be designed to return to idle-stop in the event of a failure. with no sharp edges in that area. they must be metal and have a metal draw latch. All fire extinguishers must be equipped with a manufacturer installed dial pressure gauge. on a panel perpendicular to the firewall between RRH and Rear Bracing within the red area. and behind the plane of the main roll hoop (see Figure 2). The gauge must be readable by the Technical Inspectors.

2 Horizontal Location The shoulder harness mounting points must be between 178 mm (7 inches) and 229 mm (9 inches) apart (see Figure 3). along with a fifth. 33.1. For example. 33. Page 31 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .2 Safety Harness Expiration The material of all straps must be Nylon or Dacron polyester and in new or perfect condition. All driver restraint systems must meet either SFI Specification 16. No more than a finger width gap between the belts and the driver will be allowed when the belt is pulled. and must be protected by the firewall. The belts must bear the appropriate dated labels. “Y”-type shoulder straps are not allowed).2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Teams may not add any type of extension to either the control surfaces or to the driver in order to operate the vehicle.1 Minimum Five Strap System Required All drivers must use a minimum of a five (5) strap restraint harness meeting the following specifications. No camlock systems are allowed. The straps shall not pass through anything that will cause the center distance to be less than 178 mm (7 inches) from center to center of the strap. Driver Restraint 33.2 Shoulder Harness The shoulder harness must be the over-the-shoulder type.1.e.1. Shoulder belts must be no more than 102 mm (4 inches) below the perpendicular from the spine to the seat back at the shoulder level. preventing the lap belt from rising along the driver’s waist. A five-point system consists of a 76 mm (3 inch) wide lap belt and approximately 76 mm (3 inch) wide shoulder harness straps.5/16. anti-submarine belt (vertical strap that goes between the legs). The restraint system installation is subject to approval of the Technical Inspector. 33. Only separate shoulder straps are permitted (i. 33. The restraint system must be worn tightly.1 Vertical Location The shoulder belts must NOT be mounted above the shoulder level. or FIA specification 8853/98.2. The straps shall not pass over anything that causes them to be more than 229 mm (9 inches) apart center to center. drivers may not add blocks of wood to their feet so that they can reach the controls of the vehicle. and on Jan 1st of the competition year be no more than three years old. 33.2. 33.1 Release Mechanism All belts must join with a single metal-to-metal quick release lever type buckle.

Under no condition may the lap belt be worn over the area of the intestines or abdomen.3 Harness Attachment Points The shoulder harness must be securely mounted to the primary structure. The lap belts should not be routed over the sides of the seat. the lap / anti-submarine belts must be capable of pivoting freely by using either a shouldered bolt or an eye bolt attachment. The lap belts should come through the seat at the bottom of the sides of the seat to maximize the wrap of the pelvic surface and continue in a straight line to the anchorage point. webbing that is routed such that when tightened will bear a load onto the seat will not be accepted. To fit drivers of differing statures correctly. All harness loads must pass directly onto the frame of the vehicle. In side view.2. Shoulder belts must be looped around a frame tube and have something designed to limit the belt movement. This means that the centerline of the lap belt at the seat bottom should be approximately 76 mm (3 inches) forward of the seat back to seat bottom junction (see Figure 5). The belts may go through the firewall as long as additional firewall material is added to protect that portion of the belt. 33. Specifically.4 Redirection of Harness Webbing The redirection of harness webbing to facilitate stronger and simpler mounting designs shall not be made by any means. in side view.2.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 33. the lap belt must be at an angle of between 45 degrees and 65 degrees to the horizontal. Mounting lap belts by wrapping them around frame tubes is no longer acceptable. (See Figure 4) . 33.3 Lap & Anti-Submarine Belts The lap belt must pass around the pelvic area below the Anterior Superior Iliac Spines (the hip bones) (Figure 5). Page 32 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .

The cockpit is defined as the roll cage sides. and must not come into contact with rotating components of the chassis.4 Belts When adjusted. the lap belt must be capable of pivoting freely about the axis of the mounting bolt such that the webbing and tab can align with the direction of the load. but ultimately subject to the judgment of the Technical Inspectors.3. 4) These tabs shall have no less than 6.4mm (. Only commercially available arm restraints meeting SFI 3. (See Figure 6) 2) The frame tabs that accept the lap belt tabs shall be no less than 2.3 are allowed. The mount should not exhibit noticeable deformation when pulled on during technical inspection.1 Arm Restraint – Installation Page 33 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . or terrain features. the planes defined by the roll hoop overhead members and the side impact members. The shoulder belt adjusters / buckles must be adjusted so that they are sufficiently clear of the webbing to permit further tightening by the safety officials. the driver’s arms must be kept within the limits of the cockpit. The height of the tab is free.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 33.5. Arm restraints must be securely fastened to the driver restraint system. The lap belt must be adjustable on each half of the buckle to permit proper tightening for all drivers of the vehicle. 33. Both the largest and smallest drivers on a team must meet these restraint requirements.090”).3mm thick (. but must not be wrapped around the buckle in such a manner as to prevent proper operation.1 Specified Lap & Anti-Submarine Belts Mounting The frame tabs which accept the lap belt mounting tabs must meet the following requirements: 1) The lap belt tabs must be mounted in double-shear. no part of the belt must project beyond the cockpit area. NOTE: If the belts do not have enough adjustment capacity.5”) of weld length where mounted to the frame.5 Arm Restraints In the event of a rollover. 33.25”) of material in the radial direction from the edge of the mounting bolt hole to the closest outside edge of the mounting tab. Loose ends of the belt must be restrained. 33. the vehicle will be pulled from the competition until the matter is corrected. The arm restraints must independently connect to the safety belts. 3) The tabs mounted to the frame to accept the lap belt tabs shall have no less than 38mm (1. 5) Where the harness tab mounts to the frame tabs.

3 Brake Light The vehicle must be equipped with a red brake light that is mounted such that the light shines parallel to the ground. For lights with no SAE rating.:SAE IPRSTM) or if it is not rated as per SAE J759. 34.5.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Arm restraints must be installed such that the driver can release them and exit the vehicle unassisted. regardless of the vehicle’s position.3 Installations – General All installations must prevent accidental unfastening from a direct pull. The lens must be marked with an SAE “S” or “U” rating (i. but not allow their arms to exit the cockpit. The driver must be able to reach the cockpit kill switch and steering wheel. 34. 33. Braking on a jackshaft or through an intermediate reduction stage is prohibited. The arm restraint must be worn by the driver on the forearm just below the elbow.1 “Foot Brake” is also satisfied. 34. effective braking power shall be maintained on at least two wheels. 34. The determination of whether or not a brake light meets the required standards rests with the Technical Inspectors. Each hydraulic system shall have its own fluid reserve either through separate reservoirs or by the use of a dammed. 34.1 Brake Light Switch All brake light switches must use a pressure switch in the brake line. Push style or momentary switches will not be allowed. Page 34 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . The brake system must be capable of locking ALL FOUR wheels in a static condition and dynamically on pavement AND an unpaved surface.5 Cutting Brakes Hand or feet operated “cutting brakes” are permitted provided section 34. Braking System 34.3. OEM-style reservoir. 33. rollover or slide along the side. The pedal must directly actuate the master cylinder (no cables are allowed). and on Jan 1st of the competition year be no more than three years old.2 Independent Brake Circuits The vehicle must be have at least two (2) independent hydraulic systems such that in case of a leak or failure at any point in the system. Inboard braking through universal joints is permitted.2 Arm Restraint – Expiration The belts must bear the appropriate dated labels. 34. it must be equal to or exceed these standards. not up at an angle. Note: Plastic brake lines are not allowed.4 Brake(s) Location The brake(s) on the driven axle must operate through the final drive.5.e. teams must provide documentation to verify that the light meets or exceeds standard SAE J586.1 Foot Brake The vehicle must have at least two (2) independent hydraulic braking systems that act on all wheels and is operated by a single foot.

slowly and carefully filling it to capacity without spilling. By utilizing two identical tanks.Female coupling.Plug with Hose Barb Adapter P/N 22504 Note: Tanks still must meet the splash shield and spill prevention rules. Colder P/N: PLCD220-04-V (P. The gas tank must have a quick disconnect that is in the fuel line. 20) or Briggs & Stratton P/N: 189117GS . The tank mountings must be designed to resist shaking loose.com/Downloads/IndCat_REV_FINAL. the driver must be out of the vehicle before the tanks can be switched.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 35. The tank itself will slide over two dowel pins which will tightly fit in the two cavities that are in the bottom of the tank. Fuel System and Fuel 35. 21) or Briggs & Stratton P/N: 192695GS http://www.Socket with Hose Barb Adapter P/N 21504 . 35.cfm?sublevel=398&subpage=397 (Approved fittings but not pictured) . The container/cover must be made out of metal and mounted using sound engineer practices (Figure 8). 35.colder. The cost for two tanks.1 System Location The entire fuel system must be located within the roll cage envelope such that it is protected from impact.com/motorsports. removable gas tanks will be allowed. The design must also meet the following guidelines: The gas tank must be mounted in a container that has two dowel pins located in the center that the fuel tank will securely slide onto (Figure 7). two check valves. The cover of the container when closed must contact the gas cap or tank to prevent the tank from moving vertically on the dowel pins. a team may pre-fill the ‘spare’ tank before their car pits .1.2 Fuel Tank Page 35 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .pdf .jiffytite. Colder P/N: PLCD170-04-V (P. Although the tank will already be filled.1 Removable Fuel Tank In an effort to minimize fuel spilling during refueling of the vehicles. The following approved quick disconnect couplings which seals both sides of the gas line when disconnected must be used (Figure 9).Male coupling. The female fitting must be installed on the gas line connected to the gas tank. and all couplings must be included in the engine section of the cost report. http://www.

Fuel lines are not allowed in the cockpit.) At no point in the drain system (the drain lines and any associated fittings) will the inner diameter be constricted to less than 9. hot engine components and be protected from chafing. Drip pans must be mounted using sound engineering practices. No holes are allowed in the tank even if they have been repaired. Complying with this rule will require a drip pan that is at least 203. other pipe or tubing suitable for transferring fuel. The splash shields must be mounted in the correct position at all times. 35. 35.53 mm (. Teams must use a standard Briggs and Stratton gas cap with a built in check valve (Part # B4325GS).3 Fuel Lines All fuel lines must be located away from sharp edges. 35.2 mm (8 inches) in diameter or equivalent area and have sides of at least 38 mm (1. Teams cannot make them adjustable or something the driver must put into the correct position to insure proper coverage during fueling.375 inch) – this includes bolts with a hole drilled in the center used as a fitting. Drip pans must be graded or inclined such that all spilled fuel drains from the drip pan – fuel must not pool anywhere in the pan. ½”outer diameter and ¼” inner diameter). Page 36 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . Grommetting is required where the lines pass through any member of the vehicle. or sealing materials that are weakened or dissolved by fuel are unsafe for this application and will not be permitted. The retail price must be included in the cost report. the fuel must not be deposited onto floatation material.4. Tubing. Fuel tanks are restricted to the stock tank provided by Briggs & Stratton.e. 35.5 inches) high above the top edge of the tank.2 Spill Prevention Draining The fuel must drain from the drip pan through a drain line composed of pipe or tubing that carries the fuel to the bottom of the car and releases it under the car. fittings. it is highly recommended that a threaded and barbed fitting be used at the point where the drain line connects to the drip pan. Lines must be no larger than the stock lines supplied with the engine (i.5 Splash Shields Splash shields are required to prevent fuel from accidentally being poured directly on the engine or exhaust while refueling or preparing to refuel the car. (In competitions involving a water hazard. 35.4. If a fuel filter is used. multiple drain lines are allowed for the purpose of redundancy or to alleviate the pooling of fuel in different parts of the drip pan.4.1 Spill Prevention Mounting Mounting the drip pan and/or splash shield(s) directly to the fuel tank with a connection only around the fuel cap is insufficient and will not be allowed. but must instead be directed around or through the floatation by the drain line.3 Spill Prevention Drain Material The drains must be either fuel line material.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Only a single fuel tank is permitted on the vehicle. If tubing is used. At least one drain line is required. it must be a Briggs and Stratton stock filter.4 Spill Prevention The fuel tank must be mounted so if fuel spills it will not come in contact with the driver or the engine. 35. All lines must be attached securely and be SAE rated fuel lines.

80 for unleaded gasoline when measured at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.6 Fuel The only fuel permitted is a grade of automotive gasoline consisting of hydrocarbon compounds.4 “Competition Fuel Supply. 36. See Section 41. Specific gravity should not exceed 0.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Note: (BELOW) The following are examples of approved spill/splash shields: Note: (BELOW) The following spill/splash shield is NOT acceptable: 35. The addition of nitrogen bearing additives. The gasoline may contain anti-oxidants. metal deactivators.7 Fuel Containers All fuel must be carried in.” 35. Page 37 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . and put into vehicle fuel tanks. Steering and Suspension Systems 36.75 for leaded gasoline or 0. or lead alkyl compounds such as tetra-ethyl lead. from DOT approved containers.1 Adjustable Rod Ends All adjustable rod ends must be constrained with a jam nut to prevent loosening. or additives designed to liberate oxygen is strictly prohibited. corrosion inhibitors.

032” wire.020 inches. Nuts are heat-treated. 0. metric grade M8.1 Fasteners All fasteners used in the systems designated in Section 37 must be captive. Fasteners All fasteners in the engine. but a team using an OEM hub and OEM rotor would be exempt. The larger wire may be used in smaller bolts in cases of convenience. 37. all master cylinder mounting.8 or AN military specifications. D.032 inches. steering. Lock wire MUST fill a minimum of 75% of the drilled hole provided for the use of lock wire. Diameter of lock wire is determined by the thread size of the fastener to be satisfied: 1.1.2 Fastener Grade Requirements All bolts used in the systems designated in Section 37 must meet SAE grade 5.042” wire.020” wire. See Figures below.1 Lock Wire Procedure Detail EXAMPLE: A team using a custom hub with an OEM rotor must meet the locking requirements. The above figure illustrates the procedure for using lock wire: A. cottered nuts or safety wired bolts (in blind applications). Lock washers or thread sealant do not meet this requirement. E. suspension. and non OEM rotors & hub systems). 2.067mm diameter (0. 37. Bolt heads may be safe-tied as shown only when the female thread receiver is captive. Thread sizes > ½” use 0. Thread sizes of ¼” and smaller use 0. Nuts are “factory drilled” for use with lock wire. No more than three (3) bolts may be safe-tied together. but smaller wire must not be used in larger fastener sizes. Acceptable SAE Bolt Grades: Page 38 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . defined as requiring NYLON locknuts. braking (all calipers. B. or 1. . Thread sized of ¼” to ½” use 0.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 37. 4. C. throttle pedal and driver restraint systems must meet the following guidelines. F. Above illustrations assume right hand threads.813mm. or the nuts meet previous lock nut requirements. 3.508 mm.042 inches diameter). Nuts (pre-drilled) may be safe-tied in similar fashion to the illustrations with the following conditions: 1. or 0. 2. Lock wire must be aircraft quality stainless steel of . 37.

No other markings will be accepted. and throttle pedal must meet one of the following requirements: 1) The bolt head is clearly marked with the letters “NAS”.2.9” indicating a military / aircraft or high-strength metric fastener.5 Unmarked Fasteners / Shop Manufactured Fasteners Any threaded fastener (threaded rod.4 Socket Head Cap Screws Socket head cap screws. eye bolts. 2) Proper documentation is supplied. braking. or not manufactured by a NIST accredited (or equivalent) manufacturer. 37.3 Thread Exposure All threaded fasteners used in the systems designated in Section 37 must have at least two (2) threads showing past the nut.9”. also known as “internal wrenching bolts” or “allen head bolts”. and manufacturer’s documentation indicating the bolt strength. for use in the steering. “12. etc. suspension. OR B) Equivalency calculations or test data showing that the bolt exceeds the strength for a Grade 5 fastener of the same size. or does not have any markings listed in Rule 37. or “10.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Acceptable Military Specification Bolt Grades: 37. will require one of the following: A) A purchase receipt and manufacturer’s documentation indicating that the fastener meets or exceeds Grade 5 standards for that size. throttle and driver restraint systems that is unmarked. braking.) in the steering. which must include a purchase receipt. 37. Page 39 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . titanium bolts. suspension. driver restraint.

175mm (. Equivalency calculations for the alternative material must meet the following requirements: All calculations must be shown in SI units. chains. then a stress strain curve must be provided for worst-case tensile loading.524 mm (0. If a stress-strain curve for the alternative material is not provided then it must be assumed that the stress strain curve is linear to the yield point and linear from the yield point to the ultimate strength. A complete cover around the engine and drivetrain will be acceptable. Elongation at Break. the minimum fiber reinforced composite material must be 3. In order to show equivalency the calculation must show the following: Area under curve for AISI 1010 Steel x Thickness < or = Area under curve for alternative material x Thickness 38. in order to resist vibration.0%. Documentation from the material manufacturer showing the Ultimate Strength. Modulus of Elasticity = 205 GPA. must be shielded to prevent injury to the driver or bystanders should the component fly apart due to centrifugal force. These guards/shields must extend around the periphery of the belt or chain. They must be either (a) made of AISI 1010 steel at least 1. Lastly. Calculations must use the following material properties for the 1010 steel: Yield Strength = 305 MPA. where strain = elongation at break (See Figure10).1 Side Shields Side shields must prevent fingers from getting caught in any rotating part. They must be mounted with sound engineering practice. Guards 38.1. and Modulus of Elasticity of the alternative material must be provided. Page 40 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . the curve for the composite material must be specific to the matrix and manufacturing methods used.1 Powertrain Guards All rotating parts such as belts.125 inch) thick. and sprockets that rotate at the rate of the drive axle(s) or faster. Ultimate Strength = 365 MPA. Additionally. If a fiber reinforced composite material is used. Elongation at Break = 20.06 inch) thick or (b) a material having equivalent energy absorption at rupture per unit width of shield.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 38.

Neck support must bear the appropriate dated labels. Simpson.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 38.3 rated.3 Propeller Guards Propellers. Goggles must incorporate the use of tear-offs or roll-off systems. RCI.1. 38. must be located or shrouded so that direct contact with the propellers is not possible. and on Jan 1st of the competition year be no more than three years old. GForce. Driver Equipment Requirements 39. OEM Polaris CVT covers that are not modified are allowed. if used for water propulsion. a neck support/collar must be worn. In addition to the helmet. Horseshoe collars are not allowed (see figure).1 Helmet. Deist or Leaf Racing Products supply neck collars that meet this requirement. Page 41 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . 39. The neck support must be a full circle (360°) and SFI 3. Neck Support/Collar & Goggles All drivers must wear a well-fitting Motor-Cross style helmet with an integrated (one piece composite shell) chin/face guard and a Snell M2005 British Standards Institution BS 6658-85 types A or A/FR.2 Factory Stock Guards Factory stock guards must be demonstrated to be equal to those described in 38.

This rule has no exceptions and it will be strictly enforced. socks. FIA rated or fire resistant. and a long sleeved SFI rated upper garment.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules WARNING: Some Motor-Cross helmets have extended chin guards that will not contact the required neck collars when the head is flexed forward. Page 42 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . This combination of helmet/collar system is prohibited. 39. The upper garment must have a factory label showing it is SFI rated. including long pants (cotton/Nomex). Any non-specification helmets will be confiscated until after the competition.2 Clothing Drivers must wear appropriate clothing. gloves. shoes. Helmets certified to other rating systems may not be worn.

or has had a substantive effect on their score. 40. a team must post a twenty-five (25) point protest bond which will be forfeited if their protest is rejected. 40.1 Technical Questions Questions about the rules requirements and restrictions must be submitted by e-mail to the Technical Inspectors of the Baja SAE BAJIO competition.3. Technical questions are to be emailed to the Technical Inspectors at: bajarules@saebajio.com. policies or any official action it must be brought to the organizer’s or SAE staff’s attention for an informal preliminary review before a protest can be filed. In the heat of competition.3 Protest Format and Forfeit All protests must be filed in writing and presented to the organizer or SAE staff by the faculty advisor or team captain. judging.4 Protest Period Page 43 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .minibaja. Teams may not protest rule interpretations or actions that have not caused them any substantive damage.3.2 Cause for Protest A team may protest any rule interpretation. Questions and answers will be posted on the Baja SAE BAJIO website at: http://www.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules SECTION 4 COMPETITION PROCEDURES AND REGULATIONS 40. 40. Rules Clarification and Protests 40. The organizers and SAE staff will make every effort to fully review all questions and resolve problems quickly and equitably.3 Protests It is recognized that hundreds of hours of work have gone into fielding a vehicle. non-trivial harm to their team. NOTE: Please keep in mind that final operating approval of a Baja SAE vehicle can only be given at the competition by the Technical Inspectors. score or official action (unless specifically excluded from protest) which they feel has caused some actual. emotions peak and disputes can arise. is contingent on the proper fabrication of the vehicle and its design as an integrated unit. 40.minibaja. Only the Technical Inspectors are authorized to interpret the technical sections of the rules. 40. In order to have a protest considered. 40.2 Event Related Questions Questions pertaining to the operation and schedules of specific Baja SAE competitions should be emailed to the respective organizers at the addresses given in the following link: http://www. including those constructed based on responses to rules questions.mx/bajasae2009 Teams are advised that the technical inspector approval of any vehicle.mx/bajasae2009.1 Preliminary Review – Required If a team has a question about scoring.3.org.com.3.

Any vehicle found to have: (1) a drivetrain configuration not matching the Drivetrain Certification Form submitted during technical inspection or (2) an engine in violation of rules sections 21.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Protests concerning any aspect of the competition must be filed within one hour (60 minutes) of the end of the event to which the protest relates.3 Governor Setting Briggs & Stratton Technical Representatives will set the governors of all vehicles.1 Refueling All refueling of the cars done in the pit area or in the fueling area must be done with (1) the engine shut-off and (2) the driver out of the car. 21.5. Vehicles must be presented for governor setting with (1) the drivetrain disconnected. 41.14. 21. 41. 41. Baja SAE BAJIO Officials may order a recheck of the governor setting of any vehicle at any time. Attendance at driver meetings is mandatory.4. No one except technical inspectors and officials are permitted in the impound area without specific authorization from the organizers.5 Engine and Drivetrain Inspection The Technical Inspectors reserve the right to impound and inspect any vehicle during the dynamic or endurance events.3. 41. 41. except as required as part of the inspection process itself.4 through 21.4. 41. (2) the engine shaft clear and (3) the throttle cable unhooked from the engine. Failure to attend drivers meetings can result in disqualification of members or the entire team. NO EXCEPTIONS.2 Pre-inspection Operation Prohibited Vehicles may not be started or driven prior to passing technical inspection. Competition Procedures and Regulation – General 41. 41.5 Decision The decision of the competition protest committee or Technical Inspectors regarding any protest is final.6 shall receive zero (0) for all dynamic competition events completed during the day on which the inspection was performed. A fire extinguisher must be on hand whenever a vehicle is being refueled. Any violations of this rule will be subjected to severe penalties.4 Competition Fuel Supply Fuel at the competition will either (1) be provided by the organizers or (2) the organizers will specify acceptable fuel providers.6 Engine Recall Option Page 44 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . 40.4.1 Drivers Meetings All team members identified as drivers and their support personnel MUST attend all drivers meetings.

scooters.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules The organizers and SAE may. 41.7.7.7 Pit Rules 41. During the performance events when the excitement is high. it is particularly important that vehicles move at a walking pace in the pits.7.2 Team Work Area The team’s work area should be clearly defined and should be kept uncluttered at all times. so any perceived loopholes should be resolved in the direction of increased safety/ concept of the competition. it must move at walking speed with a team member walking along side at a normal pace. Recalled engines will not be returned and will be inspected at Briggs and Stratton's facilities to confirm compliance with the rules. 41. TEAMS FOUND TO HAVE DRIVEN THEIR VEHICLE AT AN OFF–SITE LOCATION MAY BE EXPELLED FROM THE COMPETITION.4 Occupancy Restrictions The organizers. When a team leaves their area. 41. may limit the pits to team members. motorcycles.9 Loopholes It is virtually impossible for a set of rules to be so comprehensive that it covers all possible questions about the vehicle’s design parameters or the conduct of the competition.1 Vehicle Movement – Walking Pace Required When a vehicle is driven anywhere except the practice area or competition events. the course lengths or any special conditions unique to the site. at their sole discretion.7.8 Driving Restrictions During the competition. Under no circumstances may anyone other than the driver ride on a vehicle. quads or other person carrying or motor propelled vehicles in the pits or competition areas. 41. at their sole option. 41. The walking speed rule will be strictly enforced and point penalties will be assessed for violations. it must be left clean. faculty advisors and competition officials. Please keep in mind that safety remains paramount during Baja SAE. skateboards.10 Penalties Organizers have the right to modify the penalties listed in the various dynamic event descriptions to better reflect the design of their event courses.3 Vehicles in the Pits Only the Baja SAE vehicles themselves and the teams’ support trucks and trailers are allowed in the pits. Rules of Conduct Page 45 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . 41. DRIVING OFF-SITE IS ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED. 42. Baja SAE vehicles may only be driven between the pits and an event site. 41. The standard dynamic event penalties in these rules are default values that will be applied unless there is a change by the organizer. Team members may not operate bicycles. recall the engine from any vehicle in the competition in exchange for a new Briggs and Stratton engine. during official practice or in the events themselves.

2 Alcoholic Beverages Spectators may not drink alcoholic beverages at any event location. not just the individual(s) involved.3 Access Restrictions Spectators must keep well back from the event and practice tracks and from any area where vehicles are operating under power. The penalty for violation of this rule is the immediate expulsion of the entire team.2 Alcohol and Illegal Material Alcoholic beverages. Penalties of this type will only be imposed after a complete review of the incident by the organizer and SAE staff. firearms.3 Parties Disruptive parties either on or off-site should be prevented by the faculty advisor or team captain. 42. 42. disobedience of official instructions and the use of abusive or threatening language to any official or other participant. Competitors are encouraged to police their areas after meals. On those extremely rare occasions where there is an incident of unsportsmanlike conduct the organizer is authorized to impose an appropriate penalty. Glass is not allowed on the grounds. thus. Failure to clean the premises will result in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. 43. At the end of the day. This rule applies to team members. 42.4 Trash Clean-up Clean-up of trash and debris is the responsibility of the teams. weapons of any type and illegal materials are prohibited at Baja SAE sites during the competition. 43. 43.1 General The organizers typically do not have a direct line of communication with spectators other than onthe-spot at the competition. 42.5 Site Condition Please help the organizers keep the site clean. The sites used for Baja SAE are private property and should be treated as such. Please make an effort to keep your pit area clean and uncluttered. All trash should be placed in the receptacles provided. Page 46 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . Competitors are reminded that they are guests of the owners.1 Sportsmanship All Baja SAE participants can be proud of the excellent sportsmanship and cooperation among teams that are two of the hallmarks of the series. Unsportsmanlike conduct can include arguments with officials. Spectator Rules 43. advisors and any individuals working with the team on-site. Motor vehicle competitions are potentially dangerous and safety rules will be strictly enforced.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 42. Good conduct and compliance with the rules and the official instructions are expectations and requirements for every team member. Depending on the seriousness of the infraction the penalty for such actions can range from a deduction of up to fifty percent (50%) of the team’s points to expulsion of the entire team. faculty and volunteers are expected to help inform the spectators of the safety rules and help restrict spectators to the spectator areas. each team must clean their work area. the competitors.

2 Practice Area Practice may only take place in designated areas.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 43. 43. Spectators who fail to strictly control their children will be asked to leave the site. Miscellaneous 45. At all performance events. The event organizer has the discretionary authority to impose a just penalty for any conduct deemed unsafe. 44.5 Removal of Spectators The course officials and organizers have the absolute right to restrict spectator access to any parts of the site and to eject anyone who violates safety rules or ignores the instructions of officials. All team members will be held to this rule. Unsafe Practices & Conduct All participants are required to exercise safe practices and avoid unsafe activities at all times during the competition. Safety – Team Responsibility Safety is the primary consideration in the design of Baja SAE vehicles and the conduct of the competitions.4 Children A competition site is not a safe place for children and unsupervised young people.1 Driver Equipment Drivers must wear all of the equipment specified in Section 39 “Driver Equipment Requirements" and a properly fastened restraint system at all times when the vehicle is running in any event or on the test track. 46. 45. Teams need to include safety considerations in all parts of their program. 45. and may have their competition driver’s privileges revoked. Practicing outside of the designated practice area will result in a minimum fifty (50) point penalty and/or the revocation of driving privileges depending on the extent of the infraction. Drivers not wearing the proper equipment will not be permitted to drive. it is the responsibility of the team to ensure both the vehicle and driver meet and follow all the requirements and restrictions of the rules. Page 47 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .

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SECTION 5 EVENT DESCRIPTION & SCORING
STATIC EVENTS – 350 points

Technical Inspection Design Report Evaluation Cost Report Production Cost Presentation
DYNAMIC EVENTS –850 points

50 50 100 15 85 50

Acceleration Hill Climb Pulling Event Maneuverability Specialty Rock Crawl Mud Bog Endurance
TOTAL POINTS 1200

75 75 75 75 75 75 400

50. Technical Inspection
The objectives of technical inspection are to (1) ensure the safety of the vehicles and therefore the competition as much as humanly possible, (2) teach the participants that they must pay attention to the fine details once they get out into industry to produce a safe, competitive, low cost, and/or quality product, and (3) provide a positive learning experience for all participants.

50.1 Technical Inspection – Pass/Fail – 50 Points
All Baja SAE vehicles must pass a technical inspection before they are permitted to operate under power. The inspection will determine if the vehicle satisfies the requirements and restrictions of the Baja SAE rules. The exact procedures and instruments used for inspection and testing are entirely at the discretion of the Technical Inspectors. Decisions of the technical inspectors, concerning vehicle compliance are final and may not be appealed. Vehicles are to arrive at technical inspection in ready to run condition with all drivers present, safety equipment and documentation. If vehicles are not ready for technical inspection when they arrive, they may receive a point deduction. Faculty advisors are not allowed to participate during technical inspection. The team captain or other designated members of the team shall do all the presenting. All vehicles that do not pass technical inspection by the end of the Static Events will receive a score of zero (0) points.

Technical inspection will consist of four (4) separate parts as follows:

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Part 1 – Engine inspection and governor setting Each vehicle must arrive at Engine inspection with the output shaft bare, and working kill switches. Each vehicle engine must be inspected by Briggs and Stratton technical staff that will (1) confirm its compliance with the rules and (2) set the governor to the specified rpm. Part 1 must be passed before a team may apply for Part 2 or Part 3 inspection. Part 2 – Technical Inspection and Scrutineering Each vehicle will be inspected to determine if it complies with the requirements and restrictions of the Baja SAE rules. This inspection will include an examination of the driver’s equipment including helmet and arm restraints, a test of driver exit time and to ensure that all drivers meet the requirements of the rules. Each team must bring the following items to inspection; if they do not have the items at the time of inspection they will receive a 10 point deduction for each item missing or not completely filled out: (a) Frame Material Documentation: Receipts documenting the materials purchased, or otherwise acquired, and used to build the frame. (b) Roll Cage Specification Sheet: A completed copy of the Roll Cage Specification Sheet (See Section 6 Appendix) (c) Technical Inspection Sheet: A properly completed Technical Inspection Sheet (See 50.1.2) http://www.minibaja.com.mx/technicalsheet.pdf (d) Drivetrain Check Sheet: A properly completed Drivetrain Check Sheet is required at technical inspection. (e) Drives Present: All drivers must be present at technical inspection Part 2 must be passed before a team may apply for Part 3 inspection. Part 3 – Kill switch and dynamic brake testing Both the external and cockpit kill switches will be tested for functionality. If both switches pass the test then the vehicle will be dynamically brake tested. Each vehicle must demonstrate its ability to lock all four wheels and come to rest in an approximately straight line after an acceleration run specified by the inspectors. If a vehicle fails to pass any part of the inspection it must be corrected/modified and brought into compliance with the rules before it is permitted to operate. The inspectors and officials have the right to re-inspect any vehicle at any time during the competition and require correction of any non-compliance. Part 4 - Inclining Test – Water Competitions Only Vehicles must demonstrate, in an Inclining Test, a range of static roll stability of at least 30 degrees (i.e., recover to upright from a 30 degree induced roll angle) with the team’s heaviest driver seated in the normal driving position. Vehicles which may flood at any roll angle up to 90 degrees must pass the Inclining Test while in a fully flooded condition. Vehicles may not participate in water events until they have passed the Inclining Test. 50.1.1 Inspection Stickers A multi-part inspection sticker will be issued in sections to the team as each of the three parts of technical inspection is completed. The inspectors will place the inspection sticker on the right side of the firewall above the driver’s shoulder. The inspection sticker must remain on the vehicle throughout the competition. Vehicles without all parts of the inspection sticker may not be operated under power. Technical inspectors and officials may remove any or all parts of the inspection sticker from any vehicle that has been damaged or which they reasonably believe may not comply with the rules. 50.1.2 Technical Inspection Sheet – Pre-inspection Required Before bringing their car to technical inspection each team must (1) pre-inspect the vehicle for compliance with the rules, (2) complete the official technical inspection sheet, (3) have the completed inspection list signed by the faculty advisor and team captain. Teams must

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download the most current version of the technical inspection sheet within two weeks of the competition and thoroughly inspect their vehicle in accordance with the sheet. All drivers must be at technical inspection or they will be removed from the list of drivers and a 10 point penalty will be applied to the team. NOTE: Teams presenting Technical Inspection Sheets that are (1) incomplete, (2) inaccurate (i.e. do not correspond to the actual condition of the car) (3) are found to have 4 items not in accordance with the rules, or (4) do not represent a serious effort at preinspection will be denied inspection at that time and sent back to the end of the inspection line with a 15 point deduction. 50.1.3 “As-approved” Condition Once a vehicle has passed technical inspection its configuration may not be modified. Approved vehicles must remain in “as-approved” condition throughout the competition. Necessary repairs that do not significantly change the configuration of the vehicle are permitted. Minor adjustments permitted by the rules and normal vehicle maintenance and tuning are not considered modifications.

51. Static events and required reports – total 350 points
51.1 Engineering Design
Engineering design assessment consists of two events: Design Report and Design Evaluation. 51.1.1 Design Report – 50 Points The design report should clearly explain the engineering and design process that was used in developing each system of the team’s Baja SAE vehicle. The process for each system could include: Objectives, customer requirements, alternatives considered (e.g. independent rear suspension vs. single rear swing arm, manual transmission vs. CVT, etc.), improvements over last year’s design, the result(s) of design calculations, stress analysis, testing, etc. 51.1.2 Design Report – Format (a) Format – Design reports must follow the format for SAE Technical Papers found at http://students.sae.org/competitions/bajasae/rules/. (b) Electronic version – The design report must be submitted electronically in Adobe Acrobat Format. The document must be a single file (text, drawings and optional content are all inclusive). The design report file must be named as follows: Car #_school name (full name) _competition. EXAMPLE: Car #141_University of East Mudge_Baja Oregon. (c) File Size – The maximum size for the file is 5 megabytes. 51.1.3 Design Report – Page Limit The technical paper segment of the design report is limited to ten (10) pages, excluding the cover page. Additionally the report may, at the team’s option, include up to four (4) nontext pages of plans, graphics, photographs or other data for a maximum of fourteen (14) pages of information. The only text permitted on the four (4) optional pages is captions. All pages must be either 8 ½” x 11” or A4. NOTE: If your paper exceeds 10 pages of technical report or 4 pages of graphics, then only the first 10 technical and 4 graphic pages will be evaluated.

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The top 3-10 teams will be put in DF.1. Teams that are unable to adequately explain the various aspects of their design to the judges satisfaction will receive lower scores down to. (a) Electronic Report: Email the electronic version of the design report to each competition your team has entered by the submission date. After initial judging is complete and the competitors design evaluation scores recorded. and the Chief scoring judge and be based on initial design scores.6 Design Finals The purpose for Design Finals (DF) is to determine which car has the best design as determined by the judges. This decision will be determined by the Chief Design Judge. Engineering design will be evaluated. DF is a chance to take the top cars and determine which has the best design as determined by the team of judges at that event. Cars are expected to be present for Design Evaluation in essentially finished condition.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 51.5 Design – 100 Points Design Evaluation will be conducted at the event site on the first full day of the competition. Page 51 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . Floatation 25 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Total 100 During design evaluation. and points awarded in the following areas: Design category Originality.mx/bajasae2009 COMMENT: We recommend that you bring a printed copy of your design report to the competition and proof of submission. Additionally. 51. The first step will be the initial design judging of all vehicles. Vehicles presented in an unfinished condition may receive lower. Design judging typically is done by more than one group of judges at each event.1. Design judging will involve two steps.com. and including. i. Serviceability. SAE. Any Design Report not received by the due date will be subject to a penalty of ten (10) points for each day after the deadline.minibaja. Craftsmanship 25 Suspension. complete and ready-to-run. the top cars (number determined by SAE and the organizers) will move onto Design Finals. Email addresses are listed in the following link: http://www.1.e. fully assembled. or zero points for any incomplete area that cannot be fully assessed by the design judges. 51. Mass Production 25 Powertrain. Operator Comfort. zero (0) points. team members are expected to be able to fully explain and discuss all aspects of their vehicle’s design and the rationale behind their design decisions. This is due to the number of entries and the time required to properly and fairly judge each car. the judges have the right to refuse to evaluate incomplete vehicles. Brakes 25 Structural Design. Steering. Innovation. Teams that are refused judging because of incompleteness will receive zero points for Design Evaluation.4 Design Report – Deadline and Submission Design reports must be received no later than the due date by the individual/address listed in the Action Deadlines page at the end of the Rules.

Page 52 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . and briefly comment on. Cost should be treated as a single event with two parts.8 DF Rank 2 3 1 4 5 DF Bonus 5.1) provides all the background information to verify the vehicle’s actual cost.6 97. all initial scores will be reduced to that of the last car in DF. The difference between the first car and the last car is divided by the number of cars in DF.2 91. On the other hand. The final rankings are given and the bonuses awarded. the next receives DFI + 2X DFB. Min in DF Bouns Car number 45 25 10 5 4 Initial Score 99 97 95 93 90 DF Initial Score 90 90 90 90 90 90 1.2.2 1.7) is the actual calculation of points given to each team based on the team’s cost compared to the cost of other teams. Please note that Vehicle Assembly Labor cost is for the labor it takes to assemble a subassembly to the frame. etc. Report Section 2 – Costing Sheets – The core of the report is the series of costing sheets.1 Cost Report – 15 Points The Cost Report should contain a maximum of three sections plus cover pages. any design features or fabrication processes that are innovative or are expected to result in significant cost savings. The car judged last in DF receives no bonus. Although these cost category areas are scored separately. Please note that the sub-system assembly time is the time it takes to assemble all the parts in that assembly together.2. whichever is greater.8 0 DF Final Score 95. The cost report (See section 51.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Scoring for DF is as follows: After the DF cars have been determined. This should be included as part of the Cost Documentation . This score is considered “DF Initial” (DFI) score.6 7. Report Section 1 – Overview (Optional) – The optional overview is intended to give each team the opportunity to point out.2. The overview section is limited to a maximum of four (4) pages and is entirely optional. a poorly compiled or documented cost report might not adequately support the represented cost. reporting a prototype cost that has been made artificially low will cause the cost report to be inaccurate and it will be downgraded accordingly.2 Cost Event Cost consists of two related sections: Cost Report and Prototype Cost. All fabricated parts on the sub-assemblies sheets (Form A) require a Form B. they are closely related and are evaluated by the same judges. The next car receives DF Initial plus 1X DF Bonus.8 90 51. Cars in DF are then judged by a single group of judges.4 3. Teams may also use the overview to explain items or processes that might appear to be discrepancies within the report. Each subsystem needs an individual sub-assembly sheet (Form A). 51. DF Bonus (DFB) is this number or 1. This section must contain the one-page summary sheet broken up into the individual subsystem.4 93. For example. The prototype cost (See section 51.pdf file.

2.org/competitions/bajasae/rules This document may not be modified from its current form.) The Microsoft Excel format (with the extension . 51. 51. Files larger than this will not be scored. team name (if more than one vehicle is entered). This includes password protecting and embedding macros. Mathematical errors will be penalized. 2. 51. school name (full name). or in which the costs cannot be substantiated. on-line prices. invoices. “Lowest Cost” is the corrected cost of the team producing the lowest cost vehicle. as corrected by the judges. Cost documentation must be at full retail US prices. Teams that are required to bring their car to on-site cost judging most do so by their scheduled appointment or 12:00 PM during the first dynamic day or they will receive zero (0) points for Cost.xls). “Max Cost” is the corrected cost of the team producing the highest cost vehicle. price tags.5 Cost Judges Authority The judges have the authority to increase the costs and/or fabrication times if they believe that the figures submitted are below current prices for the item. If they do not have a hard copy of their cost report. source. Teams will be cost audited at competition.) A PDF file with all of the cost documentation described above.2. or other documentation.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Report Section 3 – Cost Documentation – This section includes copies of receipts. COMMENT: It is the responsibility of the team to verify when the report was received by SAE. Prototype cost score will be calculated as follows: Prototype cost score = 85 x [(Max Cost – Your Cost)/ (Max Cost – Lowest Cost)] Where: “Your Cost” is the cost as corrected by the cost judges. Page 53 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . The report is expected to be comprehensive. If the vehicle is participating in more than one competition use the car number of the first competition. highly incomplete. using the supplied template posted at the following link: http://students.2. well documented. or process involved.sae. For example: 001 University of Alaska Polar Bears. Prices or times that are higher than the judge would have expected will not be corrected. Reports that are highly inaccurate. to substantiate the costs of the parts and materials of any item costing more than $20.2 Cost Report – Electronic Format Electronic version – The cost report must bajasae@saebajio.2. to produce the finished vehicle brought to the competition. Failure to submit a cost report will result in zero (0) points for the event.4 Penalty for Late or Non-Submission Cost reports arriving after the deadline will be penalized ten (10) points per day up to a maximum of one hundred (100) points. Teams will receive zero (0) points for Cost if the report is in the incorrect format or the files have been modified. 51.0 megabytes and 4 megabytes for the PDF file. may be rejected in their entirety and zero (0) points will be awarded for Cost. they will receive zero points for the cost of their car. 51.org in two different documents: be submitted electronically to 1. submission time will be the time the report is received at SAE. The cost report file must be named as follows: car number (3 digits). truthful and accurate.3 Cost Report – File Size The maximum size for the Excel template is 1.2. catalog pages.6 Prototype Cost – 85 points Prototype cost is scored on the cost.

51. 51.3.3. Some data projectors may be provided by the organizers. (3) the effectiveness of the visual aids. Dynamic Events – Total – 850 Points The dynamic events are intended to determine how the Baja SAE vehicles perform under a variety of conditions. Cost report material table will be updated with the following prices: 51.2. Please note that the organizers have the right to modify the dynamic events to address local conditions. For the purposes of the presentation assume that the judges are a mixed group of corporate executives who may have experience in marketing. The presentation itself is limited to a maximum of ten (10) minutes.2. 51. See Cost Template for these. teams should not rely on either the availability or functionality of such equipment. the additional amount will be added with a multiplier of 3 times (3x). Any team member on the presentation floor/stage may answer the questions even if that member did not speak during the presentation itself. 51.1 Presentation – Objective The objective of the Presentation is for the team to convince the “executives” of a hypothetical manufacturing company to purchase the team’s Baja SAE vehicle design and put it into production at the rate of 4000 units per year.3. (2) the organization of the presentation.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 51.8 Cost Eligibility Teams that do not successfully pass technical inspection by 12:00 PM on the first day of dynamic events will not receive any points for prototype cost. Only the judges are permitted to ask questions.2. It the adjustment exceeds 25% the report will be considered an incomplete cost report and will not be graded. 52.2 Presentation – Format One or more team members may make the presentation to the judges.1 Projection Equipment Teams planning to use data projection are responsible for bringing. Following the presentation there will be an approximately five (5) minute question period. The team’s score will be the average of the individual judge’s scores. It is not an opportunity to redo the entire report. production. Page 54 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . finance as well as engineering.9 Cost Component Categories Teams must put items that are specified in the correct component categories and sub categories or the items will not be considered. 51.3 Presentation – 50 Points 51. however. or otherwise arranging for their own data projectors. The total amount of adjustments may not exceed 10% of the total cost of the vehicle previously submitted.3.3 Presentation – Scoring The presentation event will be scored based on such categories as (1) the content of the presentation. If the adjustment exceeds 10%. The team that makes the best presentation will receive the highest score regardless of the finished quality of their actual vehicle.2. but the total adjustment for the individual component categories must be positive (cost will not be subtracted). and (5) the team’s responses to the judge’s questions. (4) the speaker’s delivery. This gives the team the chance to add items that were not previously planned. weather or resources.7 Cost Adjustment Form The purpose of the cost adjustment form is to make additions to your previously submitted report. Items may be deleted.

if a vehicle stalls before reaching the top of the hill.g. but exceeding the time limit will be classified as “Excess Time”.1 Event – Objective These events test the vehicle’s relative ability to climb an incline from a standing start or pull a designated object. the attempt is scored for distance at that point. or if its wheels are spinning without moving the vehicle forward.3 Acceleration – Penalties The organizer has the right to modify the penalties imposed for different violations to account for differences in the length or design of specific event courses.Rerun at end Second . or chain. Timing may be done using either electronic systems or stop watches.2 Acceleration – Procedure Each team may make two (2) attempts. The choice of course length is at the organizer’s discretion. 52. The following equation will be used for the acceleration score: Acceleration score = 75 x [(T longest – T yours)/(T longest – T shortest)] Where: “T shortest” is the fastest time by any team “T longest” is either (a)the slowest time by any team or (b) 2. along a flat surface.4 Acceleration – Scoring Teams with acceleration times that are more than twice that of the fastest car will not receive a score for this event.1. 52. 52. At the organizer’s discretion. e.2.2.5x the fastest time whichever is the shorter interval “T yours” is your team’s best time 52. Scoring will be based on the better of the two attempts.2 Event – Procedure Each vehicle may make two (2) attempts with the best distance counting for score.1 Acceleration – Objective Acceleration determines the time it takes the vehicle to accelerate along 30.1 Acceleration – 75 Points 52.3 Hill Climb Event – Penalties The organizer has the right to modify the penalties imposed for different violations to account for differences in the length or design of specific event courses. False Start or Stall at Start First .1. Page 55 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . 52. Teams attempting the event.1. Vehicles may not continue the attempt after they have stopped on the course.2. vehicle. “eliminator skid”.2 Hill Climb Event – 75 Points The traction events are designed to demonstrate the vehicle’s ability to use its traction to accomplish various tasks. Once the vehicle stops moving forward the attempt is over and the attempt is scored for distance at that point. The organizer will determine the hill height or object to be pulled.Run disqualification Run disqualification Leaving Course 52. the traction event will be either the hill climb or a pulling event.48 m (100 ft) or 45.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 52.72 m (150 ft) flat course. During hill climb. 52.1.

then the vehicles going the full distance (Group I) will be scored based on time and the vehicles that fail to climb the hill or make a full pull (Group II) will be scored based on distance.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Leaving Course Score as maximum progress in feet at point upon exiting False Start First .Rerun at end Second . handling and steering.Where there is (a) a set maximum distance and (b) all teams succeed in completing a full distance hill or pull.4 Event – Scoring Method A: “Different Distances” .2.5 x “T shortest” whichever is the shorter time “T shortest” is the shortest time by any team “T yours” is your team’s best time Method C: “Fixed Distance-Some Succeed” . The course may consist of a variety of suspension and handling challenges at the organizer’s Page 56 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .In the most common instance where the vehicle’s climb the hill or pull the object to a variety of distances the score will be determined by the following formula: Event Score = 75 x [(D yours – D shortest)/(D longest – D shortest)] Where: “D shortest” is the shortest distance by any team “D longest” is the longest pull by any team “D yours” is your team’s best distance Method B: “Fixed Distance-All Succeed” .Where there is (a) a set maximum distance and (b) at least one team climbs the hill or makes a full pull and others do not.3.1 Maneuverability – Objective Maneuverability is designed to assess each vehicle’s suspension.Run disqualification 52.3 Maneuverability Events – 75 points 52. Scoring will be by the following formulas: Group I – Teams that make the full distance will be scored by the following: Group I Score = 75 x (T fastest/ T yours) Where: “T yours” is your team’s best time “T fastest” is the fastest time by any team Group II – Teams that do not make the full distance will be scored by the following: Group II Score = (Lowest score from Group I) x (D yours/D course) Where: “D yours” is the distance traveled by your vehicle “D course” is the distance from the starting line to the finish line 52. then the score will be based on the time of the full distance covered and calculated by the following formula: Event Score = 75 x [(T longest – T yours)/( T longest – T shortest)] Where: “T longest” is either (a) the longest time through the course by any team or (b) 2.

52.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules option.4.5 Maneuverability – Scoring Maneuverability scoring is based on the vehicle’s time through the course including any penalties.4. 52. pylon maneuvers.3. Organizers may modify the specialty events provided that participating teams are given at least four (4) months advance notice. gullies. Rock crawl.Rerun at end Second . Vehicles will be timed from a stopped position at the beginning of the track to the Page 57 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .2 Specialty Events – Procedure Each team may make two (2) attempts with the best time including penalties counting for score.1 Specialty Events – Objective Specialty events are designed to test the vehicle under unique off-road conditions that might be available at some Baja SAE competition sites.4 Specialty Events – Mud Bog and Rock Crawl –75 points 52. counting for score. possibly including tight turns. mud bogg and suspension and traction are examples of specialty events. Maneuverability Score = 75 x [(T longest – T yours)/(T longest – T shortest)] Where: “T longest” is either (a) the longest time through the course by any team or (b) 2. remove the car from the course and score the attempt as “Excess Time”.5 x “T shortest” whichever is the shorter time “T shortest” is the shortest time through the course by any team “T yours” is your team’s time through the course 52. 52.3.5x) that of the fastest vehicle will receive a score. Obstacle/Pylon moved 2 seconds Missed gate* 10 seconds Deliberate course violation Run disqualification False Start First .3. sand.4 Maneuverability – Time Limit Only vehicles that complete the maneuverability course within a time not exceeding two and half times (2.Run disqualification *Missed gate is when 2 or more wheels are outside the gate 52.3 Maneuverability – Penalty Default Values The organizer has the right to modify the penalties imposed for different violations to account for differences in the length or design of specific event courses. ruts and bumps.2 Maneuverability – Procedure Each vehicle may make two (2) runs with the best time including penalties. rocks. 52. If a vehicle is on the course for a time that exceeds twice the fastest time recorded to that point then the Event Captain may declare the attempt over. drop-offs.3. and inclines. logs.

the distance traveled is measured from the starting line to the center of the front wheels. Method A: “All Vehicles Succeed” . 52. 2 . scoring will be by the following formula: Score = 75 x [(T longest – T yours)/(T longest – T shortest)] Where: “T longest” is either (a) the longest time through the course by any team or (b) 2.5 Specialty Events – Scoring NOTE: For vehicles that do not complete the full course. then the vehicles completing the course (Group I) will be scored based on time and the vehicles that do not finish (Group II) will be scored based on distance traveled.If no vehicle completes the specialty event.Run disqualification *Missed gate is when 2 or more wheels are outside the gate 52.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules end or until the vehicle stops moving forward.5 x “T shortest” whichever is the shorter time “T shortest” is the shortest time through the course by any team “T yours” is your team’s time through the course Method B: “No Vehicles Succeed” .3 Specialty Events – Stopped Vehicle Vehicles are declared stopped and distance measured for score if: 1 .4.Off course – If a vehicle leaves the course it will be declared stopped at the point first exited.4. Scoring will be by the following formulas: Group I – Teams that complete the specialty event will be scored by the following: Group I Score = 75 x (T fastest/ T yours) Where: “T yours” is your team’s best time “T fastest” is the fastest time by any team Group II – Teams that stop on the course will be scored by the following: Group II Score = (Lowest score from Group I) x [(D yours/D course) Where: “D yours” is the distance traveled by your vehicle “D course” is the total length of the rock crawling course.Roll over – Vehicles that roll over will be considered stopped at the point of roll over.If (a) at least one team completes the course while (b) other teams do not.4 Specialty Events – Penalties Default Values The organizer has the right to modify the penalties imposed for different violations to account for differences in the length or design of specific event courses. Page 58 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . 3.If all vehicles complete the specialty event. Obstacle/Pylon moved 5 seconds or 5 feet Missed gate* 10 seconds or 10 feet False Start First .4. 52. scoring will be by the following formula: Event Score = 75 x [(D yours – D shortest)/(D longest – D shortest)] Where: “D shortest” is the shortest distance by any “D longest” is the longest pull by any team “D yours” is your team’s best distance Method C: “Some Teams Succeed” . 4 .Rerun at end Second .Stuck in place – A vehicle is stuck in place for more than twenty (20) seconds. Teams will go on a walk-through prior to the event.External assistance – A vehicle receives assistance on the course.

or as (C) elimination heats followed by a final in which the total time of one elimination heat plus the final is 4 hours. the checkered flag will be given first to the leading car. Waved – Great danger. unless directed by the course workers. SLOW DOWN. Steady – Danger. 52.2 Endurance – General Description Endurance may be run for either time or distance. The organizer will announce the structure of the event prior to the start.5.5. In competitions of a given distance. NO PASSING.5. Determining the winner of the endurance race: The team that completes the distance of the competition first. evasive action is likely to be required. the checkered flag will be given first to the leading car as it crosses the finish line at or after the expiration of the specified duration.4 Endurance – Command Flags Command flags are just that – flags that the competitor must immediately obey without question. then to the other finishers as they cross the finish line. 52. 52.) (2) While running on the course: Course is clear. restart and await another green flag as the opening in traffic may have closed. or set of dynamic events. NO PASSING.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules 52.5. unless directed by the course workers. Green Flag – (1) At a starting line or when reentering the course: Your run or session has started. something has happened beyond the flag station. Endurance will be run as either (A) a single four (4) hour race. If the leading car is not running at the expiration of the time limit. (NOTE: If you stall the vehicle. All vehicles will be considered to have begun the race simultaneously at the time when the starter releases the first vehicle onto the course regardless of their actual position in the grid. something has happened beyond the flag station. to be determined by the organizer. SLOW DOWN. In competitions of a timed length.3 Endurance – Starting The starting grid for endurance will be based on each team’s performance in a previous dynamic competition.5 Endurance – 400 Points 52. proceed. then to the other finishers as they cross the finish line. Yellow Flag. Page 59 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . (B) a predetermined and published distance. Endurance events for distance continue until at least one car has gone the specified distance. be prepared to take evasive action. BE PREPARED TO STOP. enter the course under the direction of the starter. Endurance events for time usually run for four (4) hours. Yellow Flag.1 Endurance – Objective (a) General: The endurance event assesses each vehicle’s ability to operate continuously and at speed over rough terrain containing obstacles in any weather conditions. or the greatest distance in the time set for the competition will be declared the winner. the checkered flag will be given to the next highest running car in the same manner.

5.6 Endurance – Repairs The organizer will announce the rules governing repairs that are permitted to be made during the endurance event. Officials and course marshals may stop any vehicle. (2) Pull into the penalty box for a mechanical inspection of the car. If a vehicle is stopped by officials for a mechanical fault. the fault must be corrected/repaired before it may reenter the event.5. volunteers or team members may assist drivers in restarting their vehicles. Displayed – (1) Pull into the penalty box for a discussion with the Director of Operations or other official concerning an incident. Follow course worker directions.7 Endurance Event – Penalty Default Values The organizer has the right to modify the penalties imposed for different violations to account for differences in the length or design of the course. 52. The driver may not exit the vehicle to execute a restart. 52.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Red Flag – Come to an immediate safe and controlled stop on the course. Pull to the side of the course as much as possible to keep the course open. the officials are watching this vehicle’s driving – obey the event rules. Black Flag. A time penalty may be assessed for the incident. Exit the course at the first opportunity. Black Flag. away from the outside of turns and away from any natural run-off areas. It is the driver’s responsibility to assist and cooperate with the course marshals in removing the vehicle.5. Cars may only be started with the driver seated with all belts properly fastened. Checkered Flag – The run or session has been completed.5 Endurance – Stalled or Disabled Vehicles Disabled or stalled vehicles must be immediately removed from the roadway. the white flag will be displayed to the leader as the leader begins the final lap. If repairs along the course are permitted then vehicles under repair must be removed well off the course. if they believe it no longer complies with the requirements and restrictions of the rules. NO PASSING. White Flag – In specified-distance endurance events. Course marshals. Failure to stop for Black Flag 10 minutes Refueling on the track First time = Disqualification Running out of fuel on the track 20 minutes Passing under a Yellow Flag 1 lap penalty Deliberate ramming First time = 10 minutes Second time = Disqualification Deliberate forcing another vehicle off course First time = 10 minutes Second time = 20 minutes Third time = Disqualification Leaving course and advancing 5 minutes Driving in an unauthorized area 10 minutes Failure to yield to traffic on entering track 5 minutes Page 60 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . 52. Furled and Pointed – Warning. at any time. something has been observed that needs closer inspection.

2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Speeding in pit area First time = 5 minutes Second time = 20 minutes Fueling: Fueling will not be allowed until the engine is turned off. Up to 10 bonus points will be awarded in the inverse order of finish. then they will be ranked 1st to 4th based on their finish order. Finish order determines the ranking of teams completing the same number of laps. Thus. if the top four teams finish with the same number of laps. 52. “Scored laps” are the number of full laps actually completed during the endurance event final. Tie-breakers for dynamic events will be the second best run time or score for the given tied event.5. “Finish order” is the sequence in which vehicles cross the finish line after the lap scoring period has ended. Only full laps count. the points for the event will be distributed between the heats and the final in proportion to the time/distance of each stage. partial laps do not count for score. the four hundred (400) total points will be allocated as one hundred (100) points to each elimination heat plus three hundred (300) points to the final. and a fire extinguisher is ready. For example. A vehicle must cross the counting/timing line under its own power for a lap to be counted. as separated by finish order as required. If both scores for tied teams in the event are equal Page 61 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 . the driver is out of the car. 52. in part to differentiate teams finishing with the same number of scored laps.6 Tie breakers There will be no tie-breakers for static events. Thus. the second vehicle will receive one less bonus point etc. Example: Position 1 2 3 4 5 Lap 48 48 48 48 47 Bonus Points 4 3 2 1 0 Endurance scoring is based on number of laps the vehicle completes in the allowed time: Endurance Score = [400 x (L yours – L lowest)/(L highest – L lowest)] + bonus points Where: “L highest” is the highest number of laps completed by any team “L lowest” is the lowest number of laps completed by any team “L yours” is the number of laps completed by your team (b) Endurance Heats plus a Final – Point Distribution: When endurance is run as heats plus a final. “Bonus points” are additional points awarded to the first ten (10) vehicles on the leading (winning) lap. the first vehicle to cross the finish line in the highest lap group will receive bonus points equal to the number of cars on the lead lap (max of 10).8 Endurance – Scoring (a) General: The endurance event score is determined by (a) the number of laps each team completes during the endurance final and (b) the finish order of teams at the end of the event. if endurance is run as one (1) hour eliminations plus a three (3) hour final. No work will be done on the car while fueling.

Ties in the endurance race will be judged by the endurance event judge and may remain a tie. Ties for overall winner will be broken by the following criteria: Endurance score Total dynamic events score Total static events score If a tie remains after all the above tie-breakers then the tie remains for the overall winner(s). Page 62 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules then the tie remains.

Academic year the cage was constructed? ___________________________________ 2. Equivalency calculations if needed (attach to this sheet). Primary Welder: _______________________Welding Method Used: ______________ Type of Filler Material: _____________________Shielding Gas Used: _______________ 4.2. Faculty advisor and team captain are requested to do destructive testing on sample joints that represent the integrity of similar welds on their frame (per Rule 31. and to provide a means of tracking the age of older vehicles.2009 BAJA SAE BAJIO Competition Rules Section 6 APPENDIX BAJA SAE ROLL CAGE SPECIFICATION SHEET 2009 BAJA SAE COMPETITIONS SCHOOL NAME ________________________________CAR NUMBER ______________ This sheet MUST be completed and submitted in accordance with the event rules. Failure to do so will result in penalty. This is being done in the interest of good engineering practice and confirming the fabrication techniques of the team. 5. 1. Page 63 Release Date: 10-Nov-2008 .11). WE HAVE EXAMINED THE ABOVE INFORMATION AND TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE DEEM IT TO BE ACCURATE. BRING A COMPLETED COPY OF THIS FORM WITH YOU TO TECHNICAL INSPECTION FOR EACH COMPETION YOUR TEAM IS ENTERING. Material Type (ie: 4130): ___________ OD: __________Thickness: _______________ 3. Purpose: The purpose of this sheet is to facilitate verification of roll cage materials/construction. Date of inspection _______________________________________________________ NOTE: It is extremely important that such an inspection be made to ensure the welds have good penetration and joints are completely welded. All welds and/or other attachment methods must be checked for integrity.

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